How Can Pain From a Dry Socket Be Managed?
I have a dry tooth socket after having impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Is there anything that will help the unbearable pain until it heals?
By Dr. James E Jacobs
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A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms after an extraction (or a blood clot combined with some bone filler) doesn't properly fill, or is washed out of, the socket where the tooth used to be. This can cause problems because the bony walls of the socket have nerve endings that can become very painful when they are not covered. Dry sockets sometimes result when a person who has had recent dental work sucks on a straw or on the surgical site itself, causing the blood clot to be dislodged and lost. When a dry socket develops after a tooth extraction, you should contact the surgeon involved as soon as possible. Medication or a pastelike material can be applied locally to the socket to temporarily reduce the discomfort and calm the nerves.
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