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Alvogyl Dry Socket Dressing
When can I start cleaning my socket with salt water after dry socket is pasted? Would toughing out the dry socket without packing it, promote healing?
Likely infection: The topical pain killers in dry socket dressings are designed to provide quick acting and sometimes short term relief while the underlying infection starts to resolve. Since that infection can take up to a week to resolve, it is common for pain to recur and require replacement of the dry socket dressing a few times while managing the condition. Systemic painkillers like Ibuprofen are very helpful. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
48-72 hrs: 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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Got wisdom teeth out - Should I continue saline rinses after getting medicated dressings applied for dry sockets?
2 lower jaw dry sockets. 1 was packed & repacked & the other was packed once. DDS took out dressing & stitches. When can I drink through straw?
24 to 48 hours: The idea for not spitting and not drinking from a straw is basically for the first 24 to 48 hours after the extraction. At that point the blood cloth is formed and it's not a crucial factor anymore. ...Read more
Dry socket: Dry socket is when the clot that forms in the socket after a few days, comes out. You want to keep the area clean and be gentle. Warm salt water rinses are a great cleanser and healer. To prevent loss of the clot use no suction, heavy spitting or heavy brushing for a week or so. No hot liquids for the first 24 hours and keep the area clear of small granular foods. No aspirin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be: Dry socket is not all that common . Usually smoker's with lower molar removal. The initial blood clot is lost in the extraction socket and the jaw bone becomes infected. If the sockets are taken care of properly , dry socket does not happen all that often. Initial pressure with gauze for at least 1-2 hours followed by no smoking, hard spitting, or sucking on straws will help prevent dry socket. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers