Dry Socket

What are the Symptoms of a Dry Socket?

Dry sockets are characterized by a marked increase in discomfort several days after the removal of a tooth.

People with dry sockets complain of an aching, throbbing sensation extending from the socket to the ear or front teeth. Another symptom may be the feeling of a wedging sensation between the lower front teeth.

Often these symptoms are accompanied by an unpleasant odor.

When looking into the socket, instead of seeing lining, one can see or feel exposed bone.

  • What is a Dry Socket?

    A “dry socket” means that the blood clot that was in the space (socket) where your tooth was removed has been lost. This loss of clot results in exposed bone, which is typically more uncomfortable than for those with normal healing after a tooth extraction.

  • Preventing Dry Sockets

    Though we take significant measures to prevent dry sockets, like placing antibiotic dressings when we remove teeth, and prescribing Peridex (an antibiotic mouthwash that reduces bacteria that break down blood clots), dry sockets can sometimes occur.

  • Dry Socket Treatment

    Once a dry socket has been diagnosed, dressings are placed/changed every 24-48 hours. “Dressings” usually provide relief. On average, people with dry sockets need to have their dressings changed four times. Dr. Bonine may prescribe pain medication to help relieve the discomfort of a dry socket. It is important that the final dressing is removed; otherwise, infection will result.

For more information on Dry Sockets contact Dr. Bonine at 810.229.9180.