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Dry socket can be a painful side effect of a tooth extraction. But it is also avoidable. In a perfect scenario, any pain from your extraction should diminish fairly quickly as the socket heals. A blood clot forms in the socket and protects the nerves and jawbone.

Unfortunately, when the covering has become dislodged, the bone and nerves are exposed in the socket. When this happens, pain will last between, you will experience a great deal of pain, and run the risk of infection. The pain may radiate from the extraction site to the ear, and may be accompanied by a foul taste or odor in your mouth.

When getting a tooth extracted, your dentist will explain the risks of dry socket and what you can do to avoid it. The days following your extraction are critical to the healing process and are also the time when you are most likely to get dry socket. If you believe you have dry socket, contact your dentist immediately for treatment. The dentist will clean an dress the socket, and if necessary, give you prescriptions of a pain reliever or antibiotic.

Your recovery will be smoother if you avoid:

-Hot, warm or carbonated beverages
-Fidgeting with the dressings
-Using straws
-Smoking
-Stress
-Certain medications and medical conditions (ask your dentist)

If you are concerned about dry socket following your extraction, Dr. Jade Moellendorf can tell you more about its causes and prevention. You can call 855-438-4764 to make an appointment at iSmile or come by our office in Salt Lake City, Utah.