The precise cause of dry socket remains the subject of study. Researchers suspect that several issues may be at play, including:
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- Bacterial contamination of the socket
- Severe bone and tissue trauma at the surgical site due to a difficult extraction
- Very small fragments of roots or bone remaining in the wound after surgery
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