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A stitch came out and now there's a hole. Will i get dry socket?

A stitch came out and now there's a hole. Will i get dry socket?

Not likely: The stitch coming out will not cause a dry socket if there is a healthy clot in the extraction site. It may appear that there isn't but the extraction site is as long as tooth that was in it and the primary area that dry socket occurs is more than 3 mm below the surface of the gum. The hole you see is probably very shallow. Follow your post operative instructions and consult your dentist ...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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Is it possible to get dry socket if dentist stitches?

Is it possible to get dry socket if dentist stitches?

YES : A dry socket has nothing to do with whether or not the dentist used sutures [stiches], and happens often with wisdom tooth extractions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dry socket after bone graft and stitches?

Is it possible to get dry socket after bone graft and stitches?

Very difficult: Its very difficult but can happen. See your doctor and get treatment quickly you dont want to loose that graft. ...Read more

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I was stitched up afterwards, but some say that does not prevent dry socket. How do I know if I have it?

Pain: The hallmark for dry socket is extreme pain that feels like it radiates to your ear and entire lower jaw. Usually things seem ok for the first couple days after the surgery then around 72hrs, the pain hits you like a ton of bricks. If you are just having a little soreness you're probably alright, otherwise have it checked out. ...Read more

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Help please! is dry socket still possible if stitches were put in to close the empty sockets?

Help please! is dry socket still possible if stitches were put in to close the empty sockets?

Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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Can the oral surgeon tell if I have dry socket without opening the stitches? Have migraines 4 days later. Don't have $ for more sedation.

Dry socket?: Yes a surgeon can tell a dry socket without removing sutures but migraines are not really associated with dry socket. I would return to your oral surgeon to have the extraction sites checked. There probably will be no charge for the visit as a post-op followup. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Timing: It is normal to have postoperative pain from wisdom tooth extractions. However bad the pain was, if it seems to get much much worse about 3-4 days following the extraction, then there is a good chance it may be a dry socket. Another symptom can be pain radiating up to your ear area. Dry sockets are usually from lower wisdom tooth extractions. Your dentist can treat a dry socket very easily. ...Read more

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