When a tooth falls out, you may feel discomfort due to the formation of the socket – or the hole that has been made in the bone from where the tooth was removed. This discomfort is caused by the air and food touching and dislodging the formation of a blood clot over the bone and nerves for protection after the tooth has been removed. Medically, this condition is called an alveolar osteitis, or dry socket. Even saliva touching this region provides discomfort and paint.


Dry sockets form after a tooth extraction and there is a minimal of 2-5% chance of it occurring in a patient. If there is pain constantly after eating or drinking water, a dry socket may have formed in the mouth after an extraction. In order to diagnose the problem, the patient must check in the mirror where the tooth was pulled out. If the bone is exposed from the hole instead of a site of a dark blood clot formed there, there is a chance of a dry socket formation. Also, the patient will feel the pain 2 days after the tooth was extracted, and the pain will get intense overtime, reaching till the ear. There may be a constant bad taste and bad breath from the patient.


If you suffer from a dry socket, you must visit a dentist immediately. The dentist will mainly clean the socket and remove the debris formed in the hole that is creating the pain. The dentist will then fill the hole with a piece of medicated gauze and paste to promote the healing within it. You may need to visit the dentist a few days for the changing of the dressing.