Is dry socket always extremely painful?

I had my remaining teeth extracted, they were just small pieces of teeth still left. My dentist said the teeth were loose, so he wouldn’t have to cut the gums. About 10 hours later, I really needed a smoke. I smoked about 2 cigs the rest of the day. Could I have a dry socket? I rate the pain I’ve been going through a 4 out of ten. So is a dry socket always extremely painful. I don’t have a fever, either. Thank you

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Answer: Dry socket pain

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

I have never had a dry socket myself, however, my patients have told me it is worse than any toothache they have ever experienced.  A dry socket is essentially when the blood clot is dislodged leaving the maxilla or mandible exposed to air.  If you are in some discomfort, it may be just from the extractions themself and not necessarily a dry socket.  This doesn't mean you won't develop one with the continuation of smoking.  It is best to be careful and follow all directions given to you by the dentist or staff member.  

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