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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: 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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Comment from: Glenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

It started out as a routine wisdom tooth extraction. Now 4 days later I can"t eat, talk or sleep. The pain is unbearable and I am not able to work or function! The pain radiates up my gum toward my ear. No pain medications will touch this and my oral surgeon does not believe in the clove packing! He has not had this pain for sure! I am seeking another dentist to try to get some relief. This is expensive, painful and actually scary! Be sure you ask your oral surgeon before, if he will assist if you have dry socket. If not, do not use that surgeon... the pain will be unbearable! And you will be running around trying to find someone to help you. Please follow all the instructions that they give and I hope no one gets this! If you are in agony please call a dentist who does the clove packing... it is the only relief! Nausea and vomiting also made my situation worse, so get Zofran for this!

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