The Symptoms of Dry Socket and How to Prevent It
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot has fallen out of your tooth socket after an extraction. The symptoms of a dry socket are not fun—they can be more painful than the extraction itself.
After you have a tooth extracted, there will be bleeding. A blood clot will form where your tooth once was. It sounds pretty gross, but that blood clot is the first step in your gums healing. If the blood clot isn’t there, the nerves in your jaw will be exposed. It is just as bad as it sounds. Anything, even air, can feel extremely painful on an exposed nerve.
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