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If you have undergone a tooth extraction, taking proper care of the extraction site is crucial so that you can protect the development of the blood clot and heal the area. A dislodged blood clot exposes the nerves and the bone in the extraction site and can result in a painful infection known as dry socket. Below, we have provided some general guidelines to help you identify signs of dry socket and treat your condition.

Symptoms of Dry Socket
Identify dry socket is fairly easy since its telltale sign is severe pain, but other signs of dry socket include:

– A visibly dislodged or missing blood clot
– Ongoing bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
– Visible bone in the extraction site
– Swollen lymph nodes around your neck and jaw
– A fever

Dry Socket Treatment
We encourage you to notify our oral surgeons right away if you suspect you have dry socket. Potential remedies for dry socket can include:

– Flushing the extraction site to wash away any food debris or bacteria
– Dressing the area with a medication every day until healing occurs and the pain subsides
– Using anti-inflammatory drugs (ie, ibuprofen or aspirin)

If you would like to learn more about dry socket treatment in Glendale, California, or you have any questions for Dr. Nam Cho regarding tooth extraction, please call Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 818-365-5636 today.