I THINK I HAVE DRY SOCKET...
Dry socket is a rare but painful complication that can occur after having a tooth removed. The typical onset of dry socket is usually on the 4th or 5th day after surgery
Dry socket is not an infection and usually happens when the blood clot that was supposed to stay in the socket and turn into mature healing tissue, becomes dislodged exposing the bone and nerves. Hence, you are left with an empty "dry" socket!
DRY SOCKET SYMPTOMS
Severe pain that is different than what you experienced during the first 3 days of surgery
Pain radiating from the socket outward, toward the eye, ear, neck or temple on that side of the face
An empty socket with no obvious tissue inside it
Bad breath or a foul smell or taste in the mouth (Don't confuse this with the smell and taste of old blood residue in the mouth)
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact our clinic at 905-553-6725 to book a follow-up appointment.
HOW TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF GETTING DRY SOCKET
Remember to always follow your postoperative instructions
Stop smoking before the extraction and avoid tobacco use during the first 2 weeks
Discuss any pre-existing medications you are taking that may affect your healing and ability to stop bleeding
Avoid vigorous mouth rinsing
Avoid aggressive brushing
Avoid using a straw