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Dry Socket after Surgery

A dry socket is painful inflammation of the alveolar bone surrounding the extraction site. It occurs when the blood clots are dislodged, fall out prematurely, or fail to form.This may be beyond the control of the patient. Most to the time, patients disregard the instructions given by us. Smoking, blowing your nose, spitting, sneezing or playing a musical instrument can cause a dry socket. It is more common in smokers and in diabetics. It is also common that if a patient has had a dry socket in the past following a complicated extraction to have another one.. The treatment is cleaning the socket under local anesthetic to cause another blood clot to form or prescribe medications. A dry socket paste may be used in the site to stop discomfort.