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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.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Not usually: A dry socket results from a good blood clot not forming, which in turn leaves exposed bone in the socket, which in turn causes the severe pain. While insufficient bleeding might be an early cue, most patients not only don't know what to expect, but also can't usually visualize the area. It comes on unexpectedly 2-4 days following the extraction. Don't smoke, rinse 1st 24 hrs. And follow directions.

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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 65-year-old member asked:

What is a dry socket and how serious is it?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with dry socket?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
I can not help you: Need more information, which socket you talking about?
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What things make dry socket more likely?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dry socket: Oestrogen in women, smoking, poor general health.

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