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What can i do to know if i have dry socket?

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Dry socket: Don't worry or think about it. It's actually not that common. Follow your dentist's instructions, especially no smoking. You will know if you have it, you will be in severe pain 2-4 days following an extraction. If that's the case, see your dentist, as it's easily remedied.

Answered 12/23/2013

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

DS common symptoms: Symptoms include: facial pain, bad breath, an earache, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. It can occur within three days after an extraction. If concerned see your dental surgeon for exam.

Answered 2/27/2016

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Dry socket: Severe pain 2-4 days following an extraction and the absence of a blot clot in the socket are the two signs of a dry socket. You dentist can confirm this and offer you almost immediate relief by placing a special medication in the socket to encourage healing and alleviate the pain.

Answered 1/27/2014

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Dry socket or not?: Dry socket has two simple signs: 1 aching, throbbing pain in the gum or jaw. 2. Horrible taste and smell in your mouth. Since dry socket occurs exclusively following a dental extraction, no extraction--no dry socket.

Answered 8/21/2014

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