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what are the signs of dry socket?

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Dr. steven Present
Dentistry 43 years experience
Pain: A dry socket usually develops 3-5 days post-operatively. There is constant pain which can be severe and a bad odor.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
Pain in jaw: 2-5 days following extraction the loss of blood clot allowed for the some of the exposed bone to die off. This can lead to radiating pain in the jaw, foul odor(bad breath), tender gums, and possible swelling. You may also experience fever and general aching. Your dentist can treat the socket locally and place you on medication.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Loss of blood clot: Signs of dry socket most often involve loss of the blood clot in the socket. Symptoms of dry socket involve severe pain in the jaw that is not relieved by pain medication. Placing a sedative dressing into the socket, after debriding the area is usually the required treatment. This is often needed several times for a week or two.
Dr. Chad Gretzula
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Clot falling out : If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you'll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a blood clot, there will just be bone. The pain typically starts about two days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear. Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.
Dr. Chad Gretzula
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Having a clot: Not having a dry socket you would see a clot in the extraction site and if sutured then the suture would still be in place and the site closed. You may still have foul smelling orders from food possibly getting in the site or under the sutures. Basically if there is a clost in the site and no exposed bone then you dont have a dry socket.
Dr. Steven Reubel
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 41 years experience
Pain: Severe pain 36 to72 hours after extraction and a foul smell from your mouth are typical signs.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
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.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for the medicine pack for a dry socket to fall out?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It is meant to fall out with time. If you are bleeding or having a problem, call the dentist or oral surgeon who performed or discuss with the doctor on call. Otherwise, observe and it should be okay. Do not hesitate to call or be seen. Socket to me!
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are common signs before getting a dry socket?

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Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 15 years experience
Not really : Aside from the first sign being that the tooth was taken out! usually dry socket comes from improper following of post-op instructions. Increased pain after 2-4 days from surgery is the main symptom. There are medicaments the dentist has to help with this problem.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of dry socket?

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Dr. David Mcnay
Dentistry 26 years experience
Two to three: Two to three days after your extraction if you have some uber sensitivity to cold with much throbbing like the pounding of your heart inside those sockets there is a chance they are dry or infected. Best to let the surgeon place a dry socket dressing or paste down in the socket to soothe it and help it to re-heal. If you are taking any meds for osteoporosis or chemotherapy please let your doc know.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are common signs of an infected dry socket?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Pain & odor: A dry socket typically takes a few days to develop. It comes from an incomplete blood clot formation. It may or may not be infected. Best to go back to your surgeon for a follow up exam and treatment for a potential dry socket.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I think i might have signs of dry socket. What do I do?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Call Surgeon: Call the dentist who extracted your tooth. They are trained to treat the dry socket if that is what you have.

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