Table of Contents
- What is a dry socket?
- What causes a dry socket?
- What are risk factors for getting dry socket?
- What are dry socket symptoms and signs?
- How is a dry socket diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a dry socket?
- Are there home remedies for dry socket?
- What is the average healing time for a dry socket?
- What is the prognosis for a dry socket?
- Is it possible to prevent a dry socket?
What are dry socket symptoms and signs?
A tell-tale sign of dry socket is when there is partial or total loss of a blood clot. The jawbone may be visible in the socket as a white area where it would normally be covered with a blood clot or healing membrane. Dry socket is not considered an infection and, therefore, not accompanied with fever, swelling, or redness.
Symptoms of a dry socket include a throbbing steady pain that presents a few days after a tooth extraction. The pain may radiate to other parts of the head such as the ears and eyes on the same side of the face. A foul smell and an unpleasant taste in the mouth may also be present due to the accumulation of food debris and bacteria in the socket. A stiff jaw is not a typical symptom of dry socket but is often a coincidental symptom after an oral surgery procedure such as tooth extraction. Continue Reading
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