Dry socket is a condition that can appear after having a tooth pulled. Dry socket is not a common consequence of having a tooth pulled since less than 5% of patients develop it after having a tooth extracted. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms and protects the bones and the nerves. If the blood clot dissolves too fast or becomes dislodge, the nerve and the bone become exposed and can become painful and infected.
Dry socket symptoms include experience pain about two days after the extraction of the tooth. The pain will get worse over time and sometimes affects the ears. You might also notice a bad taste in your mouth and bad breath. You are more likely to get dry socket if you smoke, take birth control pills, have your wisdom teeth pulled out or have a bad hygiene.
If you suffer from these symptoms, go back to your dentist. Your dentist will clean the hole and apply a special paste that will protect the bone and the nerve. The paste will help you heal quickly. It might be necessary to change the paste on a daily basis until the hole starts healing by itself.
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