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What is the definition or description of: dry socket?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
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In brief: Bone inflammation

A complication in the healing after an extraction.
It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul odor and severe pain.

In brief: Bone inflammation

A complication in the healing after an extraction.
It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul odor and severe pain.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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In brief: Pain 1-3 days after

When a tooth is extracted a blood clot forms in its socket.
This blood clot has its own blood supply & becomes the organization in the wound for new bone & gum to form to complete healing. When the blood supply to the clot becomes disrupted the clot dies & leaves the bone & nerves uncovered & exposed in the socket resulting in pain.

In brief: Pain 1-3 days after

When a tooth is extracted a blood clot forms in its socket.
This blood clot has its own blood supply & becomes the organization in the wound for new bone & gum to form to complete healing. When the blood supply to the clot becomes disrupted the clot dies & leaves the bone & nerves uncovered & exposed in the socket resulting in pain.
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Loss of blood clot

After an extraction, a blood clot should form in the socket.
This serves as a matrix for bone growth and pain free healing. A dry socket occurs when either no clot forms or when it is washed away or dissolves. This can be painful. Very difficult extractions w/ a lot of trauma are one cause of dry sockets.

In brief: Loss of blood clot

After an extraction, a blood clot should form in the socket.
This serves as a matrix for bone growth and pain free healing. A dry socket occurs when either no clot forms or when it is washed away or dissolves. This can be painful. Very difficult extractions w/ a lot of trauma are one cause of dry sockets.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Uttma Dham
Dentistry

In brief: Dry socket

Dry socket is the infection of extraction socket when the blood clot fails to stay with in extraction site causing the disruption of healing process .
It is very painful and usually a dry white one is visible in the extraction site.

In brief: Dry socket

Dry socket is the infection of extraction socket when the blood clot fails to stay with in extraction site causing the disruption of healing process .
It is very painful and usually a dry white one is visible in the extraction site.
Dr. Uttma Dham
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Dr. David Schleimer
It is not really an infection, more inflammation and yes quite painful. Patients must be told to follow post-op instructions. Loss of clot means that bone is exposed, that is the inflammatory based cause for pain.

In brief: Lost clot

A dry socket happens when the blood clot is lost after dental surgery .
Your body forms a blood clot which is a natural band - aid to protect your jaw bone after tooth removal. If the clot is disturbed it may become lost and now your body must heal in a more complex manner. Most patients describe excruciating pain with a lost clot (dry socket). The dental surgeon has remedies for this condition.

In brief: Lost clot

A dry socket happens when the blood clot is lost after dental surgery .
Your body forms a blood clot which is a natural band - aid to protect your jaw bone after tooth removal. If the clot is disturbed it may become lost and now your body must heal in a more complex manner. Most patients describe excruciating pain with a lost clot (dry socket). The dental surgeon has remedies for this condition.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
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Dr. Hans Reinemer
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Alveolar osteitis

Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, is a complication of wound healing following extraction of a tooth.
Alveolar refers to the bone supporting tooth structure, and osteitis means inflammation of bone. Following an extraction, if the blood clot is lost prematurely, then a dry looking exposure of the bone sockets results. Pain and infection are likely.

In brief: Alveolar osteitis

Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, is a complication of wound healing following extraction of a tooth.
Alveolar refers to the bone supporting tooth structure, and osteitis means inflammation of bone. Following an extraction, if the blood clot is lost prematurely, then a dry looking exposure of the bone sockets results. Pain and infection are likely.
Dr. Hans Reinemer
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