Dry socket is a common and painful condition that occurs after a wisdom tooth is extracted. It happens when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction is dislodged, exposing the underlying bone and nerves and creating intense pain. Those who use straws, rinse their mouth often or smoke are more susceptible to this complication. Don't try to be hero. If you notice pain is worsening after your tooth has been pulled, see your doctor.
Severe pain within three days of the extraction is a hallmark of the dry socket. The pain can radiate from the site of the extraction to your ear.
You may notice visible bone. Normally there will be a visible blood clot. Instead, there will be partial or total loss of the clot (hence the empty or dry socket).
Unpleasant taste is a common complaint, as is bad breath.
A dry socket may be accompanied by swollen lymph nodes around the jaw or neck that are tender to the touch.
Since pain may radiate throughout the side of the face, a person with dry socket may experience varying degrees of eye pain.