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Dry socket vs. normal socket?

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

Zawn Villines

After a tooth extraction, a normal socket will develop a blood clot that stays in place while the wound heals, while a person’s pain will steadily improve. In a dry socket, the blood clot will partially or fully detach from the wound, which can worsen the pain.

Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, is a common complication of tooth extraction. It develops when the blood clot that protects the wound disintegrates or breaks loose, leaving the nerves and bone in the socket exposed.

This article will look in more detail at the differences between dry sockets versus normal healing sockets. It also explores what causes dry socket, as well as treatments and recovery time. We will also look at whether it is possible to experience this condition with no pain.