A dry socket is often caused from smoking, rinsing, or sucking through a straw. After an extraction, a blood clot forms inside the extraction site. A dry socket is when that clot is rinsed or sucked away. It can more painful than the toothache before the tooth was pulled. The Doctor can apply a sedative inside the site for relief, but the best solution is to leave it alone and let the healing process take place.
Dr. James L. Johnson