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what does dry socket feel like?

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Dr. Pooja Saroha
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Very painful: Painful, sometimes you can see the yellow necrotic bone exposed in the socket.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Two simple signs: 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 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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause a dry socket?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
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.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
When a tooth is removed, there is bleeding. The clot of blood in socket is crucial to avoiding a dry socket. Post-op instructions (no rinsing, spitting, smoking, etc.) are all designed to maintain that clot. Sometimes even following instructions can't ensure no dry socket will ensue.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
I agree with Dr Rosenfeld, for when the clot is gone there is exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in severe pain.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
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That is correct
Aug 13, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does a dry socket first feel like?

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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Very painfull: A dry socket can be very painfull. Usually a sharp radiating pain along the jawline. Treatment consists of packing the socket with a dressing which will give almost immediate relief.

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