The next thing to attack on the list is an old root canal that never got crowned and recently a bit of tooth on the side broke off. Unfortunately when I went in this week to get it done I was informed it's not in good enough shape to repair and there's an abscess underneath it. He used the time to instead do a normal filling (which was fairly pain-free) and he will extract the failed-root canal molar in a couple of weeks. The appointment is for a half hour, probably a bit optimistic considering the last one took nearly two hours!
Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a painful dental condition that sometimes happens after you have a permanent adult tooth extracted. Dry socket is when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed.Normally, a blood clot forms at the site of a tooth extraction. This blood clot serves as a protective layer over the underlying bone and nerve endings in the empty tooth socket. The clot also provides the foundation for the growth of new bone and for the development of soft tissue over the clot.Exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in intense pain, not only in the socket but also along the nerves radiating to the side of your face. The socket becomes inflamed and may fill with food debris, adding to the pain. If you develop dry socket, the pain usually begins one to three days after your tooth is removed.Dry socket is the most common complication following tooth extractions, such as the removal of third molars (wisdom teeth). Over-the-counter medications alone won't be enough to treat dry socket pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon can offer treatments to relieve your pain.