It is not uncommon after a dental extraction for a dry socket to occur. This usually occurs in the lower jaw with an infected tooth. It is nothing more than bone exposed with the potential for infection due to the lack of a blood clot forming in the dental extraction site.
The symptoms are continuing pain that can hurt the entire side of the head and bad breath.
Your dentist will treat this problem with a series of sedative dressings place in the tooth socket while our body covers the exposed bone. We also usually extend the antibiotics for a longer period of time.
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