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What is a dry socket?

My friend had a tooth removed and developed a dry socket. What is this? How is it fixed?

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A dry socket is when the blood clot has been removed. There is a surgical packing that will help with the discomfort- but not the healing.
Dry socket is a loss of blood clot in the extracted tooth site. A pacing with medication can be placed in the extraction site to act as a blood clot and promote the healing process.
Dry socket is when the healing process of the extraction site is interrupted, usually due to a dislodged blood clot which leaves the bone exposed. It is usually treated by a dentist by placing a medicinal dressing in the extraction site, so the bone is covered and usually in a few days, the pain goes away.

Lara Bacchelli
When a tooth is removed a blood clot will naturally form in the hole in the bone left behind in the days following extraction. The blood clot forms as a means of protection to the nerves and bone underneath, and allow for healing to take place.

However, if the blood clot disappears (or becomes dislodged), dry socket can occur when the the nerves and bone are suddenly exposed to all sorts of painful irritants, including food, fluids, and even air. Unfortunately, dry socket also leaves the area of extraction prone to awful pain and infection.
If pain persists, you should see your dentist right away. If dry socket is diagnosed, your dentist may schedule follow up appointments to clean and pack your socket every few days with a special dressing to help the healing process and relieve pain.

Your dental professional may also prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (i.e., ibuprofen or stronger) to relieve pain and anesthetize the extraction site. If infection is suspected, your dentist may also prescribe a mouthwash or oral antibiotics.
Dry socket is an infection that develops after a tooth has been extracted. Usually, blood clot forms in the extraction socket. if for some reason this blood clot is lost, then dry socket can develop. Smoking can cause dry socket.

To treat dry socket, the dentist will clean the site, place a medicated gauze and prescribe antibiotics.
A dry socket occurs when the clot that forms after a tooth is extracted comes out and food fills the socket area. Good rinsing and dry socket medicine will alleviate the problem.
a dry socket is caused when you dislodge the blood clot out of an extraction socket and bacteria move in to cause an infection
Protect the clot do not smoke or suck through a straw and lay down and take it easy follow the dentist instructions
It s a delay in healing of the bone hole left behind after the tooth has been removed. It s typically caused by loss of the blood clot or food collecting in there. Go back to the Dr that removed the tooth and ask for help.
A dry socket is caused when the hole where the root of the tooth used to be
loses the blood clot that was meant to help the area heal quickly and with
minimal pain. When the blood clot is lost the body will still heal the
area but it takes 2-3 times longer and is much more painful because the
socket is raw, exposed bone with no covering of the blood clot. It can be
prevented by avoiding smoking, spiting, sucking on straws or any thing else
that can build up pressure inside the mouth. Also a partial dry socket
where a part of the blood clot is lost can be caused by eating foods that
are not the recommended soft and semi solid foods. These solid foods get
impacted into the hole and can dislodge part of the blood clot. A dry
socket dressing can be placed in the hole by a dentist to help with pain
during the healing process, or the site can be numbed and curretaged to
create a new blood clot. -Dr. Bishop
A dry socket is an infection of the bone or an osteititis caused by insufficient bloodflow allowing for proper healing of the extraction site. It is usually healed by packing the extraction site or inducing bleeding of the wound site.
A dry socket is a common term for a condition in which there is delayed healing in a tooth extraction site. Typically, we believe that the blood clot becomes lost. It is quite painful. Usually, it will heal on its own with time. There are dressings and packings that can be placed by the dentist to provide pain relief.
A dry the name implies,is a post op complication which implies pain
following a dental extraction.The pain is a result of the inability or loss of a blood clot formation which usually occurs in a normal healing process.The socket is dry -thus the term dry socket.To correct the situation the dentist will anaesthetize the area,curette the socket for bleeding to occur and thus restore the regular blood clot formation needed in the normal healing process.
Post extractions drying of the socket due to reduction of blood flow and oxygen mostly by smocking 

A dry socket is a painful condition that occurs after an extraction when the blood clot at the site of the extraction has been dislodged. The condition is best treated by getting a dentist to place a medicated dressing on the site and allowing the area to heal on its own. Dry sockets can be prevented by being very careful after extractions to not disturb the clotting blood. We tell our patients not to smoke, drink through or straw or do anything else that can create "suction" in the mouth that could pull the blood clot out.
Dry socket is a condition that may result after the extraction of a tooth, if the blood clot that normally fills the socket is lost. It is treated by cleaning the area and placing a special dressing in the socket.
A dry socket happens when the blood clot that forms after an extraction is dislodged and lost. This usually happens by spitting forcefully, smoking or drinking out of a straw. A dry socket is a very painful experience and the patient has to visit the dentist everyday to have medication placed on the extraction site until it is healed.

A dry socket is when the Hole that is formed in the bone with a tooth removal loses it's protective layer (scab). The bone becomes ​exposed and is very painful. The treatment for this is to numb the area up and to clean it all out so that it stimulates blood flow and creates a new clot and start the healing process again. the patient will again have to avoid anything that can cause the disruption of the clot including suction like a straw or cigarette, anything that makes the blood pump like aerobics, acidic or carbonated drinks. These should all be avoided for 72 hours.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the tooth socket either does not form properly, washes away, or is somehow dislodged out of the socket. This results in exposed bone, which can be very painful until enough healing has occurred (about 10 days) to cover the exposed bone. To alleviate the pain, a dentist typically rinses the socket gently and then places a soothing medicament, either by itself, or on a piece of sterile gauze that is later removed.
Hello, sorry to hear about your friend as a dry socket can be very painful and uncomfortable. A dry socket is a break down of the blood clot during the healing process. When the blood clot is dissolved or dislodged prematurely, the exposed bone and nerve ending can be irritated by the surrounding environment. It is a self resolvable process, however, it can be quit painful in the meantime. Usually about 10-14 days. If it gets really bad, please go to your dentist for medical dressing to place in the socket till the area is healed. Also OTC Advil or Tylenol as needed for the discomfort. Hope this helps. Good luck.
A dry socket is simply an extraction socket that did not develop an adequate clot to form a protective cover leaving the bone exposed. It results in prolonged aching pain. It is treated by your dentist placing a special dressing in the wound. It can take up to 2 or 3 applications before the subsides completely
Dry socket does not happen that often but when it does can be very painfully. It most often occurs after a lower tooth is extracted. Usually it happens several days after the extraction has taken place. The surgeon will treat it by placing a medication in the socket and prescribing a medication and rinse to solve the problem.

Dr. Richard J. Staller

Team Dentist, Florida Atlantic University
Dry socket occurs usually 4-6 days after a tooth extraction and is usually extremely uncomfortable. The removal of the tooth creates a hole and wound where the tooth once was. The hole fills with blood and begins to form a clot. The clot begins to mature and solidify. Around 4-6 days after the extraction the clot is mature but is not attached to the bone. A dry socket is when the immature clot is dislodged from the extraction site wound, exposing raw bone to the oral cavity. This can be extremely painful. There are various ways to treat this both with medicaments and surgical techniques. Unfortunately you must see a dentist or oral surgeon to have a dry socket treated. All over the counter remedies are mostly ineffective.
Dry socket occurs 4 to 5 days after a tooth extraction where the blood clot falls or is sucked out of the socket. It is not an infection. Treatment: the dentist cleans out the socket and places a dressing often made of gauze with eugenol. It takes 10 days for new tissue to line the socket and relieve the pain. This is more common in smokers.
Hello there!

Dry socket is an infection of the bone at the base of the socket from which a tooth is removed. It's always a risk following extraction of a tooth but is much more common in smokers than non-smokers. Symptoms of a dry socket are excruciating pain from the area, occasionally accompanied by a clear or yellow discharge from the socket.

Treatment is to return to the dentist for re-dressing of the wound and review, although pain from dry socket usually resolves itself within a week.

This is a secondary infection in the area of the extraction. Typically, treated by irrigation of the extraction site with saline then a dry socket dressing placed into this infected site. (It is always helpful to increase the antibiotics intake during this phrase of healing.)

A dry socket occurs when a tooth is extracted and blood clot that normally protects the socket while healing takes place doesn't form or is dislodged. This results in the painful condition called dry socket. Essentially a direct opening into the bone where the extracted tooth was.
To treat this the socket is irrigated with a solution to clean out all debris. A soothing paste on a special gauze is placed in the socket while it heals from the bottom up.
A dry socket forms when you lose the blood clot covering the extraction site. Usually lost by smoking, spitting, or suction, once lost, the socket has exposed bone and exposed bone is always painful. It will go away on its own in two weeks however, the pain can be too intense to wait it out. Your friend needs to call the dentist who extracted the tooth. He can place a medication in the extraction site that will sooth the bone and pain until the socket heals.
Hi there, a dry socket is a painful condition that occurs after an extraction due to improper formation of a healing blood clot in the socket or it has been compromised or dislodged. (hence the term "dry socket") It is treated with a medicated dressing that a dentist places in the extraction site and symptoms can be relieved with analgesics.
Dry socket is post extraction complication due to patients condition or behavior.
Examples: Not enough blood supply, smoking, pre op inflammation. Can be treated only by Dentist.
A dry socket is the result of the loss of the initial clot in the tooth socket. When a tooth is removed (extracted) blood flows into the socket from the surrounding bone, periodontal ligament (connective tissue holding tooth in socket) and surrounding soft tissue (gingiva-gums). This blood reorganizes into a clot that fills the socket. This initial clot is fragile and can be dislodged by negative pressure (sucking on a straw, spitting, smoking) chemical dissolution or breakdown by carbonated drinks, alcohol, or smoking. The resulting bare exposed bone is very sensitive to this harsh environment and becomes inflamed (alveolar osteitis). Therefore you get pain. Treatment involves flushing the socket with medication then packing the socket with medicament and material that both soothes the bone and protects it until epithelial tissue can grow back over it. Treatment is fairly common and most often done by the original surgeon or any general dentist.
A dry socket is when the blood clot is lost in the initial healing phase after an extraction. It is usually quite uncomfortable and you may feel like having a bad taste in your mouth.
Treatment involves cleaning out the socket again and forming a new blood clot. This is done under local anesthetic and only takes a few minutes once you are numb.
I hope this was helpful.
Dr. Raval
Dry socket is a condition where a proper clot and healing sequence fails to form following a tooth extraction. This leaves living bone exposed to the oral environment and results in moderate to severe throbbing pain. It's treated by curetting the socket to initiate bleeding, so that a new clot can form. Sometimes the socket is also packed with a dressing to prevent infection and obtund pain.
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A dry socket is caused by failure of a blood clot forming or not forming completely. The socket where the tooth once was is actually open denuded bone which is very painfully. Treat with a dressing soaked and dried off placed in the socket. You treat till the pain leaves which may require dressing changes. Healing will not occur until you are pain free and the dressing is removed. This the only way to treat this consitently.
Ordinarily following an extraction, a blood clot forms.  If this clots successfully, it forms the primary healing matrix.  Occasionally, the clot gets disturbed or infected or just doesn't form well.  After a few days, it  falls out of the extraction site.  This exposes the alveolar bone.  This is called alveolar osteitis or more commonly, "dry socket."  It is quite painful.  The treatment is to go to a dentist and have the wound site packed with a medicated dressing.  Relief is usually profound and immediate.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot comes out of a socket from a
recently extracted tooth. Air is exposed directly to the bone and is very
painful. Bleeding within the socket needs to be stimulated to create a new
blood clot to form to allow the site to heal quicker. Your dentist should
have some medicated paste to help with some of the pain until it heals.
After a tooth has been removed a clot forms during the start of the healing process. If the clot is disturbed and comes out of the socket, then you have what is called "dry socket", or alveolar osteitis. The precautions that should have been taken to prevent this are to avoid disturbing the area as well as to avoid any type of sucking (using a straw, smoking, spitting, etc) for up to 3 days after the tooth has been removed. Your friend needs to see the doctor that extracted the tooth ASAP to have this addressed.
Is technical name for a dry socket is localized osteitis. It is a transient sometimes very painful reaction to a tooth being removed and leaving behind membranes that no longer can nourish the remaining socket the tooth once occupied. This condition is complicated by every individual's ability to heal, which is dependent upon one's own healing or immune response to infection or trauma such as the removal of a tooth. Additionally some habits such as chronic smoking and alcohol and poor diet and medications impede the normal response of healing to an extraction which normally takes a few days before new bone cells begin to nourish the socket. This highly sensitive time of healing is most important to creating a new area of bone now occupying the old socket. This sometimes takes years and older people to accomplish as their response to Healing is compromised due to age. Correction of this situation is palliative and involves placement of a medicated gauze with special compounds to promote new cell response and healing. Keep in mind that good oral hygiene promotes good healing and in certain cases a small percentage of the population in general will be affected by dry sockets during extractions no matter what. Also it is probable that this gauze that packs the socket during healing that the dentist placed will have to be replaced as healing occurs and depending on the patient's pain response.
A dry socket is when the healing blood clot is lost after a tooth is extracted. They can be painful and usually take 7-10 days to heal. Your dentist can put some packing that will provide comfort. You can also try clove oil. I would recommend seeing your dentist.
A dry socket is the term used when the blood clot that forms after an extraction is lost. It may be sensitive or simply ache on its own. If this occurs, you should return to the surgeon who removed the tooth and they will place a sedative packing in the extraction socket that will allow the area to heal with less discomfort and awareness.

Eugene T Giannini DDS
A "dry socket" occurs when the blood clot in the extraction site is lost. This results in an often painful situation and needs to be addressed by the dentist who performed the extraction. A medicated gelfoam dressing is placed in the extraction site, which will relieve the pain in short order.

Dr. Dan Hogan
This is a basic answer to that question. Once a tooth is extracted, bleeding occurs which is good. The blood fills in the hole and clots. This blood clot allows cells to form new bone to cross from one side of the hole to the other, sort of a scaffolding. If there is no blood clot, it exposes the bone and nerve endings in the extraction socket, so it is a "dry" socket. The cause for the blood clot not being there could be not enough bleeding when the tooth is extracted, infection, blood clot is washed out, the body dissolves the clot. Cleaning the socket out so it bleeds again, removing infection and packing the socket with a special paste are things the dentist will do to treat it.
"Dry socket" is one of the complications, that can occur after extraction of the tooth. It happens when you loose the clot from the site, post extraction. There are many things that can contribute to it. One of them is smoking, and other may be suctioning and spitting the saliva with blood. It may be voluntary. When you loose the clot, the nerve endings in the bony socket are exposed, and this hurts. Patient should seek professional help, and go back to their dentist. There is a treatment for it, but it should be done by a professional.

Thanks for your questions.

Dr. Bednarski
When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket. This both protects the bone in the socket from being exposed and allows the body to start healing. A dry socket occurs when this blood clot breaks loose and falls out of the socket. The bone is now exposed and it is very painful. I had one myself many years ago, so I can vouch for the pain! It is treated by placing a medicated paste or packs into the socket to protect the bone. This does not heal it. It merely makes the area more comfortable. Time is what heals this. Over some time(7-14 days), the gum covers up the bone and the discomfort goes away.
A dry socket (alveolar osteitis) can happen after an extraction when the blood clot in the socket is disturbed. It is not an infection and will not respond to antibiotics. It is treated by cleaning out the socket (usually with local anesthesia) and packing the socket with a special paste to relieve the pain. It may take anywhere from 3 - 5 days to resolve.
A dry socket is a painful condition that develops when the healing blood clot is lost from the socket after a tooth is removed. The socket needs to be medicated by a dentist to ease the pain and promote healing.

Michael M. Blicher, D.D.S.
A dry socket is when a blood clot fails to form in the socket of an extracted tooth. The bone in the socket remains exposed to the oral environment. When this happens, the exposed bone is not getting any blood supply which it needs in order to heal. The exposed bone then begins to die, which causes a bad odor and taste. The treatment is to irrigate the socket and place a gauze packing soaked in eugenol which will alleviate the pain.
A dry socket occurs when a tooth is extracted and the blood clot where the tooth was removed (in the socket) is lost. Usually, this is very painful because the bone is exposed. To treat this, dentists typically place some medications inside of the socket until soft tissue granulates back in place to cover the bone.

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Dry socket occurs when the clot prematurely falls out of the socket, leaving bone exposed. Treatment is a packing or dressing that can be gently placed into the socket area, usually over a few days with possible dressing changes daily. Some dry sockets also become infected and require antibiotics as well. See your dentist for sure!!!
First off, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Dry sockets can be quite painful. Thankfully, they are easily treated. When a tooth is extracted, a hole is left in the bone where the tooth once was. This hole usually fills up with blood, which then clots together forming a kind of cover and protection to the empty tooth socket, while the area heals. A dry socket occurs when that protective clot has been dislodged or lost, and the tooth socket becomes exposed to air and everything else. This can be quite uncomfortable, or even painful, but is not usually dangerous. Treatment normally consists of the dentist placing a small gauze material that has been coated with a special dry socket paste in the exposed socket. It is relatively painless (no anesthetic needed), and gives almost immediate relief.

Thanks for your question,
Blake Shreeve DMD
Dry socket is infection of the extraction site. It is very painful, but can be treated in a dental office. The treatment consists of cleaning the socket followed by packing medications. Hope this helps.
The way the the tissue is going to heal after a tooth removal is with a blood clot. If you loose the blood clot, the bone gets exposed and develops a dry socket that is very painful. To treat this, your friend should go to the dentist, so he or she can clean the site again and use a special medicine. Do not smoke!!!

Dr. Ingrid Romero, D.M.D.
It is an acute inflammation of the bone that housed a tooth that was recently extracted. Sockets are hollow spaces inside of your mandible or maxilla that remain after a tooth has been removed. These spaces immediately fill with blood after the extraction, forming a clot which has the property to turn into bone over time. Sometimes, irritation towards the site breaks up the "glue" or adhesive that holds the blood clot to the walls surrounding the space and the clot breaks off and falls out. These walls of bone remain bare and exposed to the environment and may become infected. Patients may develop fever and always develop severe pain. This condition can only be treated at a dentist's office to protect the area from severe infection and promote healing. Most common contributory factor is smoking. Call your treating dentist and follow his instructions and recommendations. Hope this helps.

Thank you for your patience! This is nothing serious, although it can be painful & very uncomfortable. A dry socket occurs when a recently extracted tooth socket gets a setback in the healing phase. There is usually an underlying cause. This can be due to a medical condition, medication, smoking & drinking shortly after the extraction was performed. Difficult extractions and teeth with severe infections before the tooth was removed, are also more prone. It is usually self limiting within 3 weeks after the tooth has been extracted. Treatment is simple - debriding of the socket, rinsing with saline and placement of a soothing dressing. Pain medication can be prescribed. Treatment might need to be repeated. Hope this satisfactorily answers your question.
Dry socket ialso known as alveolar osteitis, it happens after extraction of the teeth especially in lower jaw (mandible), but can also affect the upper jaw. Dry socket occurs because the blood clot formed after extraction is removed, dislodged or even dissolves before the wound heals. It can lead to unbearable pain because of exposing the underlying bone and nerves. I would recommend going to a dentist so they can clean it properly and apply a medicated gauze in the region.
Dry socket occurs due to dislodgement of normal blood clot that helps with the healing process. It usually gets dislodged due to rinsing or spitting hard or smoking within 24 hrs of extraction.
Once it has occurred, you should go back to the dentist to get it cleaned and they will also put some medication in it that will help healing.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot (which is formed when a tooth is extracted) is dislodged. Usually, this happens when a patient tries to rinse his or her mouth too vigorously or engages in too much physical movement too quickly after the extraction. A dry socket is extremely painful because, when the blood clot is gone, the periodontal bone is exposed. There is a paste made of gualacol, balsam peru, eugenol, and 1.6% chlorobutanol that can be used to fill the dry socket, thereby alleviating pain from the dry socket by covering the exposed bone. This is used by professionals only, so tell your friend to make an appointment with your dentist soon!
The extraction site will need to be cleaned out and an antiseptic should be placed in the socket. It happens when blood flow is poor due to a tooth being badly infected.
A dry socket is where a tooth is removed and a blood clot forms. When the blood clot falls out, it leaves a dry socket behind. This is a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If this has already happened to your friend, really the only way to get out of enduring this is to go see a dental professional. An oral surgeon is probably who sees the most of these and would be the most experienced with them. It is possible as well that she may have a secondary infection, where once again visiting the dentist or oral surgeon would be the best course of action. Good Luck.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms after the removal of the tooth comes out from the socket. There are multiple factors which can lead to dry socket like smoking, difficult extraction, not following the post extraction instructions. Dry socket is curable, but unfortunately when it happens, it provokes severe pain to the patient. A special sedative dressing is placed in the socket and certain instructions have to be followed by the patient in order to allow the healing. In general, antibiotics are not required to treat dry socket.