If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you’ll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.
What is a dry socket after tooth extraction?
A dry socket usually happens 2-3 days after a tooth extraction. It is one of the most common complications after tooth extraction. Approximately 3% of tooth extractions develop a dry socket, and as many as 30% of wisdom tooth extractions develop one. Immediately after a tooth is removed, the body shuttles blood to the site.
What is it like to have your wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth entrapped in the jawbone are often close to nerves. Sometimes these nerves can be bruised or damaged during the tooth removal process. The result is a numbness (called a paresthesia) of the tongue, lip, or chin that can last a few days, weeks, months, or may even be permanent.
What are the complications of wisdom teeth removal?
Two of the more important complications after having your wisdom teeth removed include: Dry socket. Dry socket is a common complication that occurs when either a blood clot has failed to form in the extracted tooth socket or else the blood clot that did form has been dislodged. Paresthesia.
What does a dry socket look like?
Visible bone in the socket. Due to partial or total loss of the blood clot at the tooth extraction site, the white, underlying bone will be visible. Below is a picture showing the bone inside the socket of a patient with dry socket. Below are some of the photos that I got to show you how dry socket actually looks like.
What are the first signs of dry socket?
Symptoms of Dry socket. The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dry socket may include: Jaw pain. Fever. Swollen gums. Facial swelling. Swollen jaw lymph glands. Swollen lymph glands near the ear.
What are the dangers of dry socket?
Painful, dry socket rarely results in infection or serious complications. However, potential complications may include delayed healing of or infection in the socket or progression to chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis).
When can I stop worrying about dry socket?
Dry socket can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. However, if you passed the first week of the extraction without the usual symptoms or pain; then you are safe worry less. It is recommended you take all preventive measure in the first 24 hours of your extraction to avoid worrying about Dry socket.
How do you heal a dry socket?
Keeping the area clean is one of the best ways to help a healing dry socket. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water or a mouthwash provided by the dentist helps keep the area free of bacteria and also minimizes pain and swelling.