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Can you have a dry socket without pain?

I am a 31 year old male and I think I have a dry socket. Can you have a dry socket without pain?

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One of the main symptoms of a dry socket is pain. Dry socket is when the blood clot in the extracted tooth socket's dislodged and the nerve is exposed and causes alveolar bone inflammation (Alveolar Osteitis).
Dry socket is simply a bone infection and will always be painful
Usually dry sockets are painful, sometimes not. It depends of the location and size of the socket area. The worst are on the lower wisdom teeth molars on the mandible, after extractions.
Yes but pain usually precedes it. If the bone becomes necrotic as in osteomyelitis, the nerve endings are gone. You really need to be examined, however to determine what the situation is.
It is possible to have a dry socket without pain but usually having a dry socket does associate with pain.

I am glad to hear you are not having pain. To answer your question, yes, it is rare. But you can have dry socket without having pain. Dry socket comes in lots of different forms usually with pain, but sometimes without. If you do warm salt water rinses throughout the day, it will help the dry socket heal faster. You might also want to let the doctor who extracted your tooth know.
Best of luck to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD