A dry socket often has the following features:
- The area around the socket will be red, tender and swollen
- Sometimes the teeth either side will be painful to pressure
- The socket itself does not have a blood clot or even part of one- often exposed bone can be seen
- The smell and taste are pretty horrible
- It just doesn't look healthy- there may be greyish/ whitish remnants of a clot
- Your glands may be up- which can cause pain on swallowing.