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What is a dry socket?

A dry socket is a fairly common complication of tooth extraction characterized by severe pain. It occurs when the tooth socket loses the blood clot that forms after a tooth is extracted and the bone inside the socket becomes exposed. It is one of the most painful dental problems one can experience. A dry socket is also referred to as alveolar osteitis.

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Comment from: nicci, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Oh, my gosh, what agony! I had a tooth removed. It took dentist an hour to get tooth out! And I have dry socket, the pain is unbearable. I took tramadol and it didn't touch it, tried paracetamol and ibuprofen and no relief. I felt faint, was sweating and feeling sick, not to mention the foul taste. This is day 4 after extraction, went back today and they put a dressing paste which they said would numb and had antibiotics in it and now on 2 lots of antibiotics. Hoping for some relief.

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Comment from: Peri Winkle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

According to my oral surgeon, the incidence of dry socket is about 1 in 3, especially sensitive are post-menopausal women. Our blood supply is diminished with age and is affected by hormones according to my doctor. I have it now. It is painful and I need my dressing changed every 2 to 3 days. I am still eating mostly liquids or soft food. Make sure you really need your wisdom tooth out before going through an extraction. It is day 8 and counting. Oil of clove does act as pain relief and is supposedly available at Whole Foods among other health food stores.

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