What is a Dry Socket

The condition is diagnosed by the medical doctors when there is a complication in the healing of the wound which arises due to the extraction of any tooth due to any reason. The meaning of the alveolar refers to the term alveolus, a part of the jawbone which surrounds the teeth and the meaning of the osteities is the inflammation of the bones.

Dry socket is the layperson’s name for the Alveolar Osteitis. It occurs when a bad tooth is extracted from the mouth and there are some complications in the wound healing after the tooth extraction.  This complication in the wound can occur if the wound is not healing properly even after 3 to 5 days after the tooth extraction.

The symptoms of the dry socket is when you smell the foul odor coming from the wounded place, you are severe pains which are difficult to localize in the mouth, further you are constantly spitting the grey slough and detritus from your mouth. The foul odor is the most significant symptom as the blood is pontificating in the area of your wound instead of being quietly reabsorbing the blood in your body.

If the healing process of the tooth wound is disturbed in some way, the wound will show the symptoms of the dry socket. The danger of the dry socket remains from the time of the tooth extraction to the healing of the tooth wound in 14 to 15 days.  But there is a danger of the elevating the condition if you drink or smoke during the first 48 hours of the tooth extraction. Also, there is more risk to the women who are having their periods during the tooth extraction. When there is any complications in the healing the tooth wounds such as the healing tissues which are known as the granulation tissues fails to grow or are disrupted when they are beginning to grow, the condition of the dry socket starts growing in the healing wounds.

Treatment and the prevention of the dry socket

Treatment of the dry socket generally limited to the decrease of the pain, as this is a limited condition which will vanish in some days. Meanwhile, there are some treatments which can be done to prevent or decrease of the aggravating pain of the tooth wound. To reduce the pain, you should do the rinse the area of the dry socket and place the some sedative dressing in the area which contains oil of cloves, aspirin, eugenol and zinc oxide. You have to continue this treatment for two to three day continuously as this helps to soothe the affected area and promotes the growth of the granulation tissues.

Dry socket, generally known as the Alveolar Oseitis, is the complication which can arise after the tooth extraction.  The condition arises if the healing tissues fail to grow or there is any disruption in their growth.  The treatment of this condition is palliative at the best to limit the aggravation of the pain.