Table of Contents
- What is dry socket?
- What causes dry socket?
- What are risk factors for getting dry socket?
- What are dry socket symptoms and signs?
- How is dry socket diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for dry socket?
- Are there home remedies for dry socket?
- What is the average healing time for dry socket?
- What is the prognosis for dry socket?
- Is it possible to prevent dry socket?
What is dry socket?
The typical scenario for dry socket is the occurrence of throbbing pain about two to four days after the tooth is extracted. Dry socket pain is often accompanied by bad breath and a foul taste in the mouth. With this onset of pain, it is obvious that proper healing has been interrupted.
Dry socket is a condition in which there is inflammation of the jawbone (or alveolar bone) after a tooth extraction. It is also referred to as "alveolar osteitis" and is one of the many complications that can occur from a tooth extraction. The occurrence of dry socket is relatively rare, occurring in about 2% of tooth extractions. However, that percentage rises to at least 20% when it involves the removal of mandibular impacted third molars (lower wisdom teeth).