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What Are the Signs of Dry Socket? Torrance, CA

What Are the Signs of Dry Socket?

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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.

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.
Foul odor and/or taste coming from the extraction site.
A dry socket traps all kinds of bad-smelling bacteria, food debris, and tissues.
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 - Friday 8AM - 5PM
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What Our Patients Say About Us

Even our patients who have been told in the past that they are not good candidates for dental implants have found options at our clinic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.