A dry socket occurs within three days after an extraction after a blood clot falls out of the socket. This leaves this the bone exposed and is very painful due to the fact that the pain receptors in the jaw bone are exposed. Without the blood clot, the socket also takes longer to heal.
To help prevent getting a dry socket avoid the following for three days after you have a tooth extracted:
- Drinking from a straw, smoking, or any sort of “sucking” action
- Coughing and sneezing
- Swishing with water
- Drinking carbonated beverages