If you've had your tooth removed recently, you can be at risk of dry socket. Although dry socket is known to be the most common complication of tooth removal, the condition is rare.
According to a study conducted by a university hospital in Karachi, a total number of 1246 patients had their teeth extracted and the patients were requested to come back if any complications such as pain were experienced up to one week after extraction. It was found that around 41 people aged between 11 to 80 years old were affected by dry socket. The prevalence was higher among females as compared to males .
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a dental condition that sometimes occurs after a permanent tooth is extracted. It usually develops after your wisdom teeth are removed. Dry socket is painful and if left untreated, it can lead to infection and other complications.Causes Of Dry Socket
Normally, after a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the underlying bones, tissues and nerves as the area heals. But, when the blood clot doesn't form, leaving the bone and tissues exposed to bacteria, dry socket occurs. Trauma caused to the affected area may also lead to dry socket.Symptoms Of Dry Socket
If left untreated, dry socket can cause complications like delayed healing, infection spreading to the bone (osteomyelitis) and infection in the socket.When To See A Doctor
If you are experiencing throbbing pain in your jaw that spreads to the eye, ear, neck or temple on one side of the face where the tooth was extracted, you should consult a dentist. Also, bad breath and unpleasant taste are some of the tell-tale signs that you should consult the dentist.Diagnosis Of Dry Socket
The dentist will ask about your symptoms and examine your mouth to check if there is a blood clot. The doctor may suggest an X-ray to check other conditions such as bone infection (osteomyelitis).Treatment Of Dry Socket