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Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Dry Socket

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Updated: June 6, 2007

Definition: A dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is a condition that can occur after a tooth has been removed.

When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot normally remains in its place. A dry socket can occur if the blood clot becomes dislodged. With the protective blood clot gone, the bone and nerves underneath are exposed, causing severe pain.

A dry socket is very common, but it can be avoided by not smoking and following post operative instructions after any type of oral surgery.

Pronunciation: Dry Sock-et
Also Known As: Alveolar Osteitis
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