When wisdom teeth are removed, a blood clot forms to protect the socket. If this clot is prematurely dislodged the socket can become dry.
– A dry socket may cause a dull throbbing pain which may radiate up to the ear
– The dry socket may also smell and cause a bad taste
– If you are having a wisdom tooth removed, your dentist can advise on preventative measures against dry socket such as avoiding drinking carbonated beverages and smoking
“If you do develop dry socket, there are ways to manage your discomfort.”