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What Are the Signs of Dry Socket? Torrance, CA

What Are the Signs of Dry Socket?

Woman in Dentist Chair with Dental Pain Torrance CA

A dry socket is something that happens when the gums and bone don’t heal properly after you have a tooth extracted. When a tooth is removed, a blood clot is supposed to form in the empty space. If that blood clot is disrupted or never forms, the socket can dry out and leave the bone and nerves exposed.

Dry sockets are not a common oral surgery complication in our South Bay office, but the risk is something to be aware of.

How do you know whether you have dry socket? Here are the signs to look for.

  1. Extreme pain at the extraction site a few days after your procedure.

Sharp stabbing pain several days after an extraction is a hallmark sign of dry socket. It’s different from any ache you feel immediately after surgery.

  1. Foul odor and/or taste coming from the extraction site.

A dry socket traps all kinds of bad-smelling bacteria, food debris, and tissues.

  1. You can see the bone in the extraction site.

If you’re able to examine the extraction site in the mirror, you may notice that it looks like a hole in your gums that goes right down to the bone.

A healing socket will be filled with jelly-like, red tissue. Dry socket lacks that moist healing tissue, so the bare bone is exposed and visible.

Are You at Risk for Dry Socket?

If you have a dry socket after tooth extraction, just call Torrance Oral Surgery. We’ll carefully clean the site, dress the wound, and help relieve the pain. Dry socket is easy to treat, but you can prevent this painful complication by discussing your risk with oral surgeon Dr. Yagoubian.

Posted on behalf of Torrance Oral Surgery Center

23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: (310) 373-0667


Monday 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday 8AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 8AM - 5PM


23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505


(310) 373-0667

Office Hours:

Monday 8AM - 5PM
Tuesday 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday 8AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 8AM - 5PM

Torrance Oral Surgery Center

Our Client Reviews

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 174 reviews

Paul M.

A positive experience from start to end. I got a sense that this was going to go well and it did. Two extractions, two implants, bone graft and removal of four part bridge. Leaving part of the bridge on one tooth. If there were 10stars they would be for Torrance oral surgery group and Dr. Alicia Wolf / Blanco Demtal Group for recommending Ben.

Mindy W.

This is a very welcoming center. Everyone seemed very competent and helpful. I had an oral biopsy today. No waiting. The staff were ready for me and all was in place. Dr. Yagoubian was warm , cheerful and I felt in extremely capable hands. I am so grateful I was referred to him. Sincerely, Mindy W.

Jessica Z.

The staff here are super friendly and always show genuine concern. I got my wisdom teeth pulled about a year ago and Dr. Yagoubian and his staff made me feel less anxious about the procedure. When I was done, they were thorough with their instructions on how to take care of myself while my wounds healed. They even gave me an ice pack to wrap around my head for the swelling (super useful). Dr. Yagoubian even called to check in on me after the surgery. So when I needed more extractions done this year for orthodontic treatment, I made an appointment here and once again I was well taken care of. Every single person in this office was friendly. During the procedure, they made me feel less anxious even though I was super shaky about getting local anesthesia. They gave me detailed instructions on how to care for my wounds, always gave me an opportunity to ask questions. And once again, Dr. Yagoubian called after the procedure to make sure I was doing well. Now, anytime someone mentions they need their wisdom teeth removed, I tell them Dr. Yagoubian is the man!!

D. W.

What a nice and knowledgeable Doctor! Dr. Ben took the time to answer all our questions about the removal of all four wisdom teeth. He explained in detailed what was going to happen and the reason why he does the procedure. It’s obvious that he loves what he does. His staff is very welcoming and friendly. The nice lady in charge of the billing explained very clearly everything. Dr. Ben even called us the evening after the surgery to check if everything was ok. We highly recommend Dr. Yagoubian!

Chahab S.

Dr Yagoubian is an excellent oral surgeon, supported by a very professional staff. They made the experience as stress-free as possible. Highly recommended.

Dr.Lou T.

Very professional and always available. My patients have always had good experiences with the office.


Dr. Benjamin is awesome I highly recommend him to everyone he is highly efficient and fast he knows how to comply with patient needs and overall is an amazing guy ! Check him out he is awesome!!!

Raj G.

Dr. Yagoubian is excellent. I was in state for business when my wisdom tooth broke. I was lucky enough to find Dr. Yagoubian's office. Everyone there was professional and courteous. The procedure went smoothly. Dr. Y is highly skilled, meticulous, and a very personable health care provider (a rarity in the field, in my opinion). If you need an oral surgeon, I highly recommend him.