Although dry socket or alveolar osteitis is a common complication related to tooth extraction, it is a relatively rare occurrence. Around 2% of people who have undergone tooth extraction suffer from a dry socket. This percentage increases in case of patients who have had their lower wisdom tooth removed. Through this article, we have addressed most of the questions you might have about dry socket.
What Is a Dry Socket or Alveolar Osteitis?
It is a painful complication often seen in people who have had their tooth or teeth extracted. After a tooth has been extracted, a blood clot forms in place of that tooth and protects the underlying nerves, bone, and tissues. In case of a dry socket, this blood clot either doesn’t form at all or it is dislodged leaving the nerves and bones exposed. This results in pain and sometimes swelling.