A 17-year-old female asked:
i wont smoke, but how long till i know ive avoided dry socket, it i do end up doing it, and also i hate white stuff around my right gum is that normal?
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Orthodontics 53 years experience
Good for you: Great reason to quit smoking entirely. Or you can resume smoking in a week or two if you want lung/tongue/throat/larynx/gum/lip/jaw cancer, leathery skin, nicotine stained fingers, stroke, heart attack, and so money other gruesome ways to die. As to "white stuff," probably OK but ask your Surgeon to take a look.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Is it normal for the medicine pack for a dry socket to fall out?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
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!
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A 65-year-old member asked:
What is a dry socket and how serious is it?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Very serious: Dry socket is a painful serious complication after a tooth is extracted. It is not common--only about 5-7% of all extractions.
6.1k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 42-year-old member asked:
Do doctors see a lot of patients with dry socket?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No, but DENTISTS do: If by doctor you mean your primary care md, then no. We are familiar with, but do not typically manage dry (dental) sockets. There are doctors who do (ent, oral surgeons, plastic surgeons), and dry sockets are painful and not uncommon (~ 5%). You could try over the counter pain medicine, warm salt water swish, or perhaps clove oil to help with symptoms until you see a dentist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
What can I do for my dry socket without going to a doctor?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
I can not help you: Need more information, which socket you talking about?
6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 36-year-old member asked:
What could cause a dry socket?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 36 years experience
Dry socket: When a extraction site heals too fast from the top down this can occur. It is better to heal from the bottom of the socket first and gradually work it's way to the top during the following few weeks.
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Last updated Nov 23, 2015
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