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What are the signs of dry socket?

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Dr. steven Present answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Pain: A dry socket usually develops 3-5 days post-operatively. There is constant pain which can be severe and a bad odor.

Answered 7/31/2017

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Dr. Thomas Yash answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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.

Answered 3/7/2018

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Dr. Kevin Owoc answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Prosthodontics

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.

Answered 7/27/2018

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Dr. Chad Gretzula answered

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.

Answered 6/3/2018

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Dr. Chad Gretzula answered

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.

Answered 3/22/2013

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Dr. Steven Reubel answered

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Pain: Severe pain 36 to72 hours after extraction and a foul smell from your mouth are typical signs.

Answered 4/4/2020

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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 6/14/2017

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