A dry socket is a complication of tooth extraction—typically wisdom tooth removal—that only occurs in up to 5% of patients after their procedure.

Dry socket happens when the blood clot that normally forms over the areas of extraction is somehow dislodged or never properly forms in the first place. When the blood clot is no longer there, it leaves nerve tissue and even bone exposed after your procedure.

Dry socket will need to be treated by your dentist as soon as possible, but how can you know if you have dry socket, and what can be done about it?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS A DRY SOCKET?