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A 42-year-old member asked:

what is a dry socket?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dry socket: Is painful complication following tooth extraction. Helpful home remedy for pain is clove oil.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
Basically,: A dry socket will present as intense/increasing pain typically 48 hours after a tooth extraction. It is caused by exposed bone in an area that has lost it's blood clot. Treatment is to have a medicated dressing placed into the affected area. Antibiotics will not help a dry socket.
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 15 years experience
Bad: Basically the clot that was supposed to form after tooth extraction is either never formed or removed....Both usually due to improper care. It's the exposure of bone and great pain follows. http://www.animated-teeth.com/dry-sockets/a1-dry-sockets.htm should help you with all the info.
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Bacterial infection.: Dry sockets occur due to a bacterial invasion of the tooth socket before the skin can migrate over it. It leaves the socket raw and exposed giving a pain not unlike a broken bone exposed through the skin. Avoid the issue by lowering your preoperative oral bacteria count by flossing daily for a month and possibly taking preoperative antibiotics. Prevent the infection to minimize the post-op pain.

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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
Provided original answer
That is correct
Aug 13, 2012
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does dry socket last?

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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
It depends: It is going to depend on how bad was the infection or how difficult was the surgery, it may last a few weeks, the main thing is to take your antibiotics and antiinflammatory medications, see your dentist as needed. Hope you get better soon.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How likely is getting dry socket?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Significant: A dry socket is infection that develops in the bone socket. The oral cavity is loaded with bacteria that can infect a socket that has lost its blood clot. It is best treated by careful debridement to remove the layer of infected bone and to restart bleeding that important in the development of a full socket blood clot. Perscription antibiotic and anti inflammatory medication is often indicated.
A 48-year-old member asked:

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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will a dry socket heal itself?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Dry sockets heal themselves, but having your dentist place medicated dressings in the socket will make the process less painful. No need to suffer when help is just a phone call away.

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