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Avoiding Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction
Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that i can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?
This : This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth. Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket. Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain and foul taste: Most patients who are diagnosed witn a dry socket complain of varying degrees of pain and a foul taste, usually within 2-5 days following the extraction of the tooth. In my practice, the majority of dry sockets occur with extractions in the lower jaw. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get a big ulcer near my dry socket after tooth extraction.don't know whether the pain comes from the ulcer or the dry socket.any advice?
Jaw pain: it is difficult to determine the source of pain. Many dentists like to label all postoperative pain as "dry socket" not knowing exactly what it actually is. Certainly an ulcer can be very painful, and it takes a skilled examiner to determine IF the pain resembles dry socket, or if it is superficial like ulcers. See an oral surgeon. ...Read more
Dry Socket?: Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Usually patients become aware of a problem 2 to 4 days after the extraction. ...Read more
When can I stop worrying about dry socket after a normal tooth extraction. Its passed the 72 hour mark am I safe?
Is it true that wroth 48 hours after a tooth extraction that the fate of the socket is sealed as far as dry socket goes?
Tooth extraction : is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Dry socket is a common complication, but is rare. Pain and swelling following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. Muscle spasm and limited range of motion of the jaw are minor complications. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a tooth extraction 2 days ago I'm still in a little pain but it's not bad is that normal or should I be worried about a dry socket?
Really want a cigarette but i'm trying to hold out for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction. I really don't want dry socket. When can I smoke?
5 days Non-smoker: Dry sockets are most likely to develop in the first 5 days. This is among non-smokers. Smokers have higher chance of dry socket. The longer you wait, the lower the chance. Stay away from smoking for minimum 5 days, and if you can do longer it is highly advisable. Hold out forever is even better! ...Read more
It's been 2 weeks since I had my tooth extraction, I just recovered from a dry socket today. Can I continue smoking?
No!: If I were a guessing man, I would 'guess' you smoked after your extraction, which is what caused the dry socket (alveolar osteitis) in the first place. So, please stop smoking for at least 7-days after an extraction, or after dry-socket therapy. Otherwise it will most assuredly jeopardize your future healing and you will have more surgical comeplications. ...Read more
Are the chances of developing a dry socket higher with surgical tooth extraction vs simple tooth extraction? How likely is it after 6 days of simple?
No: Dry sockets happen when there is a loss of blood clot from the extraction socket, it could happen in both simple or surgical extractions ( actually less chance in surgical extractions since we usually close the surgical with stitches ). The chance of dry socket would be less if you could have any kind of socket augmentation. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I had a tooth extraction today. Are there any chances of developing a dry socket ? How should I remove food particles from the space since i can't rinse yet? Can I use listerine?
At what age?: Chance of dry socket in child minimal, in adult very slight. Concern becomes management of the space, especially if the underlying permanent tooth is missing. As #k is larger than the tooth that replaces it, #13, space management is very important. Ask your dentist if an orthodontic consultation is in order. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Have a dry socket from tooth extraction. There is currently an ice storm and can't get to dentist. What can I do to relieve pain in the meantime?
NSAIDs + Tylenol (acetaminophen): You can take NSAIDs or Tylenol) to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these OTC medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. Keep a good oral hygiene and clove oil has proved to be an effective treatment for dry socket. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 week since tooth extraction, still severe pain. I'm confident it isn't dry socket, as it isn't the socket that hurts. It's the red area around it ?
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
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