Dislodged blood clot
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Hi, I had a tooth extracted on Friday. The dentist could not save it, as it was severely infected, with a large abscess at the root (I have advanced gum disease). During the night, I felt something on my tongue. On a tissue, it looked like a lump of red jelly. I suspected it was the blood clot and looked online to confirm, where I read about dry sockets. I took a picture of the blood clot on the tissue and sent it to the dentist for advice. The next day, he confirmed it was the blood clot on the tissue but he just said, it's normal and not to touch it. I didn't feel reassured, having read that the socket could now be unprotected. So, I asked my dentist for further advice, explaining that I was still concerned after reading about dry sockets. He didn't like me questioning further and sent a very curt and what I consider a rude reply, repeating that it was normal and to stop contacting him with questions, with immediate effect. He said I was not in pain (which wasn't true, I had been in severe pain that night following the extraction but painkillers had helped and I appreciate that this was just post extraction pain) and he suggested I refrain from searching on the internet for issues that I do not have, or will not have. He himself, confirmed the picture I had sent him was the blood clot, so I don't understand why he was saying I do not have any issues and will not have any (does he have a crystal ball?). I appreciate that not everything you read on the internet is true but I was looking at official sites (such as NHS sites) and when they are all stating the same things, then I believe them to be correct. So, I am left without any further advice from the dentist himself. Could a dentist here be kind enough to explain to me, whether I should be concerned that my socket is now left without the protection of a blood clot? Do I now have a dry socket? Should it be cleaned and covered by a gauze or whatever a dentist uses to protect the open socket? Or, is this only if I start to experience new or worsened pain, foul taste/smell? At present, the pain/discomfort is less than the first night, so still just post extraction discomfort. I have tried to look at the socket with a torch to reassure myself but I am unable to see it, as it is right at the back (top right of mouth) and the tooth next to it, is in the way. Thanks in advance.