What is a dry socket?
Dry socket or also known as alveolar osteitis is aÂ common complication occurring after theÂ extraction of a permanent teethÂ especially the lower wisdom teeth. The term â€˜alveolarâ€™ refers to the jawbone that supports teeth while â€˜osteitisâ€™ refers to the inflammation of the bone associated with the extraction socket.
The conditionÂ has generally been characterized by degraded orÂ delayed healing associated withÂ breakdown or dislodgement of the blood clot in the extraction socket. It is usually accompanied by persistent, radiating pain in and around the extraction siteÂ within a fewÂ days after extractionÂ that is notÂ easily relieved by pain killers. The premature loss or breakdownÂ of the blood clotÂ is accompanied byÂ exposure of the underlying bone. Continue reading