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Can I Get A Dry Socket 6 Days After My Tooth Was Pulled
Possible: It's possible that it's a dry socket. But, it's more likely that it's an infection or a 'bone spur'. Contact your surgeon. ...Read more
Yes: Almost a week (often said "5 days") is a typical risk period for dry socket. If your socket is large and open, and there is not much clotted blood, you are more likely to have dry socket. Smokers have higher chance of getting it also. ...Read more
I got a wisdom tooth pulled 3 days ago and the scab is gone is this OK will I still get dry socket?
If you get a dry socket, they usually occur within 1-2 days after an extraction, and are very painful. Make sure you follow the post-op instructions given to you by the surgeon and keep the surgical site clean.
You might want to call the surgeon to see if they want to examine the surgical site before your next scheduled appt. ...Read more
It is possible: It is important to wait at least 72 hours before smoking after any dental extraction. You must realize that there are chemical toxins in cigarette smoke, which can delay the healing after a surgery, and even cause serious complications such as dry socket. Take this opportunity to stop smoking permanently. ...Read more
Can the pain from a dry socket come and go or is it constant? Tooth pulled 10days ago. 3-5X a day I get severe pain in jaw that lasts abt 20min
See your dentist: Yes it is an intermittent pains that come and go. There are risks associated with teeth removal like with any other surgery. The dry socket is the most common complication that characterized by dull, aching pain and a bad smell or taste coming from the empty tooth socket. See your dentist for post-op evaluation and dry socket treatment if needed. ...Read more
Yes: Dry socket (osteitis) following removal of wisdom teeth occurs approximately 5-10%. More common on lower wisdom teeth. ...Read more
Almost: Dry sockets do not form ten days post op. However, if you suspect dry socket, see your dentist. ...Read more
Very likely: For most people who develope dry sockets after tooth removal...Appears after a few days following the event. It doesn't happen immediately. That pain a few days after extraction is probably a dry socket. To help yourself go back and see the doctor who will pack in a sedative material in the hole. It may work the first time or take many visits. It could be something else...So go. ...Read more
I got a tooth pulled 6 days ago and im still in alot of throbbing soreness pain. It comes and goes, im worried about infection or dry socket.
Follow up: To determine if there is an issue you will need to be examined. Have the dentist who extracted your tooth take a look. ...Read more
Tooth pulled 2 days ago, have been Smokin the entire time and clot appears black. Infection? White cloudy stuff inside clot dry socket? Please help
Tooth: Firstly not a good idea to smoke especially after oral surgery. Clot appearing black may be normal. If there is no redness or increased pains or even pus, the area is unlikely to be infected. The "white cloudy stuff" may be dead tissue from the surgery... but if the symptoms persist please call your dentist. ...Read more
I had my left lower wisdom tooth pulled two days ago. The clot seems to have disappeared but I have no pain. Is a dry socket in my future in next few days? What can I do now to prevent dry socket?
Dry socket: No smoking, no spitting. Irrigate with saline. Not likely to develop into dry socket. ...Read more
Is a yellow layer over tooth extraction site normal 3 days after having lower back molar pulled out?? I’m terrified it might be dry socket.
It's a normal fibbing clot. If you had dry socket you would have any or all of severe pain, bleeding, foul breath, swelling, stiff neck, swollen glands, fever, etc. For your own peace of mind return to the
Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that did the extraction for a post-surgical evaluation. ...Read more
I had #19 and #3 tooth extraction/bone graft 6 days ago. What is my risk for dry socket? How long until I can be sure that I won't get dry socket?
Almost zero: After six days the tissue has really started to heal. Since you had the sockets packed with grafting material, covered with a membrane, and sutured closed, your chances of a dry socket are almost nil. ...Read more
Its been 5 days 0r 140 hours since my wisdom tooth surgery. Should my gums be healed yet? And can I eat whatever I want? Will I get dry socket?
No: No, ur gums r not healed yet it will still take a couple more wks at least. No, u should still try to keep a softer diet and stay away fr the surg areas and keep rinsing with warm salt water gently. No, if u haven't gotten a dry socket yet ur not likely to: the symptoms usually start ~3-4 days postop. The surgeon should have scheduled u to return for PO chk in 7 days - do this! ...Read more
Two days post wisdom tooth extraction. No pain. No swelling. When should I stop worrying about dry socket? When will it appear if I do get it? Thanks!
Almost there: Continue the post op instructions given to you, and if you still feel great after another 24 to 36 hours, you've pretty much passed up a dry socket. ...Read more
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
Three weeks, no: The socket should be closed by now. Once the gum tissue fills in the void, there will be no dry socket. ...Read more
Loss of clot &: Failure of new clot to form, release of chemical pain mediators. Normal to feel some pain & discomfort after, however...If on 3-4th day after the procedure the pain increases substantially & character of pain changes (throbbing more, radiating more to ear & temple) & if the pain medicine that you were taking is now grossly inadequate, then fibrinolytic alveolitis is high on list of possibilities. ...Read more
Tooth#19 pulled 24hrs ago now socket has whitish covering over it. Is that normal or should it still be dark red in color no pain. Scared of dry socket?
It is normal: Healing process. After any extraction blood clot is the matrix for the construction of the new bone and gum that will fill in the space left by the extracted tooth. The white color is fibrin and/or a coagulated blood clot. The bone corners are normal after a tooth extraction, however, important is not to have the bone completely exposed. Be patient. ...Read more
NO: Dry socket occurs due to infection, causing loss of the fibrin clot, exposed the bone, causing osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and necrosis, thus is termed "dry socket". Usually happened to smoker, immune deficient individual, diabetics, alcohol, and steroid user. These problems results in lower immunity and higher incidence of infection. Dry socket usually occurs day 3 after extraction. ...Read more
I just had a tooth pulled on friday it formed a blod clot over 16 hours ago. Do istill have to worry about getting dry socket?
Yes: Be careful for the first 3-4 days after an extraction, to ensure the blood clots properly and does not break, otherwise a dry socket could develop. ...Read more
I got a tooth pulled a week ago, it was healing, there was formation over it, but this morning the akin came off and now its an open hole. Dry socket?
Unlikely: At one week past an extraction, and without the occurrence of severe pain, it's unlikely you have a dry socket. Having said that, part of routine aftercare is a follow-up visit to your dentist. This is your dentist's responsibility and usually without charge. Call and have him\her take a look. ...Read more
What to do if I just had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday and I keep reading about dry socket. What is it?
Bad News: A dry socket or alveolar osteitis is most commonly associated with the removal of a tooth from the lower jaw, occurring usually during the first 2-5 days after surgery. A foul taste and throbbing pain are the usual complaints. Activities that cause the loss of the blood clot (smoking, excessive rinsing, drinking through a straw) should be avoided. Incidence may be between 5% - 10%. ...Read more
Do not treat a dry socket yourself.
See your dentist. He/she will treat it with the appropriate dry socket material. ...Read more
Tooth pulled and now have a dry socket. I've been taking 10mg hydrocodone every 4-6hrs. Pain is so bad I took 1&1/2, no relief. Safe to take other half??
No: You should be seeing the dentist/oral surgeon who extracted the tooth for dry socket treatment. It is a fairly simple procedure and will do wonders in making you feel better. Taking massive amounts of narcotics is not the answer. ...Read more
Cant: You may not be able to, but a dental professional can. ...Read more
Yes, but unlikely.: If the clot has been disturbed, a dry socket post-extraction can occur...Especially in smokers. Usually a medicated dressing is changed every other day or so which would prevent the formation of another dry socket, or exposed bone. ...Read more
I might have to have my top wisdom tooth out soon and I'm so scared! Also, how easy is it to get dry socket?
Top wisdom teeth: Have to say upper wisdom teeth removal is pretty easy/routine. As your cheek will cover the extraction site, it is less likely that you will get a dry socket. Best advice is to refrain from smoking, carbonated beverages and hard physical activity for the first few days after surgery. Surely your dental surgeon will give some post-op instructions to follow. ...Read more
I had my wisdom tooth pulled on my left bottom wed may 3 and I am still in pain. I went to the dent today and he said no infect or dry socket.
Normal post op: Your pain is fairly typical post surgery. The problem is that nowadays with the hysteria over opiate narcotics, and fear of addiction, surgeons, dentists and others, refrain from giving pain meds post procedures. You're a victim of that. Use ibuprofen at high doses 800mg every 4-6 hours for pain unless you start having bleeding in which case, return to your dentist. ...Read more
Dry Socket?: Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Usually patients become aware of a problem 2 to 4 days after the extraction. ...Read more
Dry socket hurts!!: Dry socket feels like your head will explode. There is no dancing around it. What you have is probably normal postoperative discomfort. The risk of dry socket is low with grafting. If you have any doubts your dentist will be happy to take a quick look I'm sure. ...Read more
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