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I recently had all of my teeth pulled 1 week ago.

By Anonymous August 22, 2017 - 9:43pm
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How do you know if you have dry sockets or not?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

About 2% to 5% of people develop dry socket or alveolar osteitis after a tooth extraction.

The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for 5 or 6 days.

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you'll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.


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