When a tooth is removed, that can be painful enough and generally the pain should subside after a few days, but for a small minority of people in London’s W1, the pain can continue longer, which is an indication that a dry socket has occurred. One of the important things that should be remembered after an extraction, is that the mouth has suffered from trauma and for it to heal, it needs attention to oral hygiene and if applicable, for you to stop smoking. Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do after any operation because it greatly inhibits the healing process and this applies after a tooth has been removed. Naturally after the event, the socket will form a blot clot and then the healing can begin in earnest, but if the clot dissolves or falls out, the bone is exposed to the air and is very painful. If you are suffering from a dry socket, you will need to get your dentist involved. You may have to take anti-inflammatory drugs and/or antibiotics to calm the area down and to prevent any chance of infection setting in. Each day, the dentist will have to keep the socket clean and dressed, whilst at home, you with need to watch how you eat, rinse your mouth with salt water and use an anti-bacterial mouthwash until it heals, which in some cases, can take up to a fortnight.