Dry socket is a condition that can occur following tooth extraction and results from loss of the blood clot or failure to form an adequate blood clot. It is more common in the lower jaw where the bone is denser but can happen after any extraction, regardless of the care taken by the dentist. The lack of a protective blood clot allows the bone inside the socket to become exposed, resulting in EXTREME pain. Many patients say it is worse than toothache and painkillers provide little relief. Dry socket is more common in smokers and we strongly advise against smoking for at least 48 hours after extraction.
Dry socket is treated by your dentist placing a medicated dressing in the socket, after which it may take 10-14 days to heal. Evidence suggests that ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT HELP, therefore please contact us rather than your GP.