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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?

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)

Occurs when there is a complication in the healing after a tooth extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. 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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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?

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

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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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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 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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I got a tooth extraction on Tuesday, to is Saturday, and now today I have some slight pain...can I get a dry socket this late after?

Dry socket: A dry socket usually presents as severe pain 3-4 days after the extraction after a period when the pain was mild to moderate previously. Please contact the dentist who actually treated you for advice and ask if it's necessary to be seen for an evaluation at this time. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Expected and common: Some pain or swelling after a tooth extraction is expected and common. Pain after tooth extraction may be reduced with NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) within a few days. Take care. ...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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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

Dr. Walter Husar
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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