Dry socket: Things to know
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Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis is a painful complication that sometimes happens after having a tooth extracted. After a tooth has been removed, a blood clot normally forms where the tooth was. The blood clot protects the underlying bone, tissues, and nerves as the site heals. In cases of dry socket, the blood clot does not form or is dislodged, leaving the bone and nerves exposed. Risk factors include:smoking, using chewing tobacco, use of oral contraceptives or estrogen, replacement therapy, not following care instructions after the tooth extraction, poor oral hygiene, infections in the gum or teeth around the extraction site, having had dry socket in the past,using a drinking straw after the tooth extraction...

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