Patients may experience dry sockets after getting a tooth extracted, but it is relatively uncommon. Only 2-5% of patients experience dry sockets. When teeth are extracted, normally a blood clot builds up to cover and protect the nerves and bones that are now exposed. In some circumstances, the blood clot can become dislodged or not completely cover the area where the tooth was extracted. When air, food, or liquid touch the bone and nerves, patients will experience pain. If you are experiencing dry sockets, then it is important to follow-up with your oral surgeon immediately. 


Unfortunately, dry sockets are one of the most painful complications of tooth extractions, but they can be easily treated. Your oral surgeon will thoroughly clean t