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Doctor insights on: Avoiding Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction

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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 more

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Dry Socket (Definition)

A complication in the healing after an extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul ...Read more


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What are symptoms of dry socket after tooth extraction?

What are symptoms of dry socket after tooth extraction?

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 more

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When can I stop worrying about dry socket after a normal tooth extraction. Its passed the 72 hour mark am I safe?

When can I stop worrying about dry socket after a normal tooth extraction. Its passed the 72 hour mark am I safe?

Yes: Instructions from your Dentist should be followed. If you are having no pain, you may proceed in your diet and activities as directed. Some tenderness is common, but medications should no longer be needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dry socket over a week after tooth extraction?

Is it possible to get dry socket over a week after tooth extraction?

Dry Socket?: Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Usually patients become aware of a problem 2 to 4 days after the extraction. ...Read more

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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 more

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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

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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 more

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How long after having a tooth extraction(1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

How long after having a tooth extraction(1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

2 weeks post- op: It usually takes 2 weeks post op to have your swelling totally resolve. This is dependent on the extent of the surgery, your medical condition, tooth impactions, and so forth. Please contact your surgeon about your particular circumstances, and take care... ...Read more

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I've had a tooth extraction 10 days ago .. Is it safe enough to smoke again?&can a dry socket form 10 days after an extraction ?

Smoking, Never Safe: The risk of dry socket or other complications after 10 days is very low. Regardless of age or health status, dental procedure there is no safe or risk-free level of smoke exposure. This a great opportunity to stop smoking permanently. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more