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If you recently had a tooth pulled, you may be worried about dry socket symptoms. Dry socket only happens to a small percentage of people, but it’s an extremely painful condition. In fact, you may have heard “stories” about a dry socket. While some discomfort and pain are expected after a tooth extraction in Waukegan, IL, However, if you are having more than just a little discomfort, then a dry socket may be the problem.
What is a Dry Socket?
A dry socket is a small opening at the site of the tooth extraction where the blood clot failed to develop. It is a rare, painful dental condition.
The blood clot that forms where your tooth was removed serves as a protector for the underlying bone and nerves. When the clot doesn’t form, your bone and nerves are exposed leading to the intense pain.
What Causes a Dry Socket?
Once you have a tooth pulled, the blood clot seals the bone and nerves as stated above. However, in some cases, the clot becomes knocked loose or dissolves very quickly. This allows the bone and nerves to be exposed to air, food, bacteria, and fluid. Not only will the area be more painful because it is not protected but it also may become infected.
Risk factors for getting dry socket include:
- Gum infections
- Not getting teeth cleanings after the procedure
- Elevated estrogen levels due to oral contraceptives
Dry Socket Symptoms
After you get your tooth pulled, you may notice the following symptoms, which indicated dry socket:
- Dry area around where the tooth was pulled instead of a dark red blood clot
- Increasing pain that radiates to the ear
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Unpleasant smell in your mouth (bad breath)
If you suspect dry socket, contact Greenwood Dental to discuss your symptoms. You may be able to manage your situation with over the counter pain medication. However, the dentist may want to clean the area if any bacteria or debris has gotten into it. In addition, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if he or she suspects an infection. You also may have to rinse with a special mouthwash.
Welcome to Greenwood Dental Care
Greenwood Dental Care is your place to receive comprehensive dental care. Our dental team is dedicated to providing the best dental care available. We offer our patients a comfortable setting with highly qualified professionals prepared to assist you with your oral care needs.
When you come to Greenwood, we offer you dental examinations and cleanings, as well as cosmetic and restorative solutions too. From smile makeover treatments such as porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, and cosmetic bonding, to smile restoration treatments such as root canals, dental crowns, and even dentures, our patients have the full range of dental treatment options at their disposal.
Don’t let a painful dry socket hinder your happiness in life. Now that you know all about dry socket symptoms, you can get the treatment and help you need. Contact us at 855.528.3961 today for more information.