Dry socket is when the blood clot in the socket is prematurely lost and can be a dull, ache in the lower jaw and possibly the ear that does not respond to pain medications. The symptoms are self limiting, however, if you feel that the medications do not help, then you need to come in to the office for us to place a medicated dressing in the socket. This should resolve symptoms in 20-30 minutes. There are some things that may help decrease dry socket occurrence. These include meticulous oral hygiene before and after surgery with oral salt water rinsing and general oral care. Smoking cessation prior to surgery and during the recovery phase (ideally for at least 1 week).
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