What is a dry socket?
When a tooth is removed, bleeding occurs and eventually a clot forms to initiate healing. If the blood clot is lost or the site gets infected, no blood flows to the area leading to a dry socket. It can also lead to pus forming in the mouth, bad taste or bad odor. This can cause pain and swelling.
When you go through an extraction process, your dentist will review what to expect with you, and how to look for dry socket. It's important to have it addressed quickly, and it can be very painful so it's important that you talk to a professional immediately.
If you think you have a dry socket after an extraction, please call Harlow Dental at Steele Creek immediately.