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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Dry Socket And A Normal Hole

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Still pain from dry socket one month later is this normal?

Still pain from dry socket one month later is this normal?

Not Normal: One month post op you should be just about fully healed. If you still have a problem, please visit your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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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NO Dry Socket, but Dr put medpack in anyway, told to leave it for 4 days. Is it normal to start coming out? I have been avoiding area completely.

NO Dry Socket, but Dr put medpack in anyway, told to leave it for 4 days. Is it normal to start coming out? I have been avoiding area completely.

Normal: Yes it is normal as the socket heals, it pushes the pack out of the socket.
Maintain good oral hygiene and follow your dentists post operative instructions, take your meds. If any was prescribed to you, and all should be fine. ...Read more

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Had dry socket they packed It with medicine on the 17th. Still have white stuff showing and hurts to touch. Is this normal? How long to heal?

Just a thought: But it sounds like you may have an infection!! Re-check your situation again with your Dentist/Oral Surgeon!

Just a thought!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I've been smoking less than normal for fear of dry socket. What are the symptoms?

DS common symptoms: Symptoms include: facial pain, bad breath, an earache, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. It can occur within three days after an extraction. You shouldn't smoke at all after having a tooth extraction. ...Read more

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With dry socket, is it normal to have really severe headache? How long can the symptoms be expected to last?

With dry socket, is it normal to have really severe headache? How long can the symptoms be expected to last?

Dry Socket Pain.: Dry sockets can be very painful, lasting a few weeks. Severe headaches can happen as well. You should contact the doctor that did the extractions and hopefully have the areas packed to get some relief, otherwise you will be trying to kill the pain with pain meds that are likely not to help too much. Once healed, you should be fine, but it can take some time. ...Read more

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Should there be puss coming from the dry socket dressing? And is it normal for it to bleed and the dressing still be there 7 days later.

It is possible: If you suffer from dry socket, you also have an increased risk of infection. The dressing may be changed as often as everyday or as infrequently as every 3-6 day. It usually takes about 7 to 14 days for the healing process to finalize. ...Read more

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I have a very deep dry socket going on 2 weeks now. It has been packed almost every other day, & still in excruciating pain. Is this normal?

Not usual: A dry socket lasting two weeks is not usual. Something else might be amiss. Are you being treated by an oral surgeon? ...Read more

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Also, my breath has been really raunchy since the third day after extraction, is this normal for the most part or only a symptom of dry socket?

It is normal: Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling, bad breath and infection following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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I won't smoke, but how long till I know ive avoided dry socket, it I do end up doing it, and also I hate white stuff around my right gum is that normal?

Good for you: Great reason to quit smoking entirely. Or you can resume smoking in a week or two if you want lung/tongue/throat/larynx/gum/lip/jaw cancer, leathery skin, nicotine stained fingers, stroke, heart attack, and so money other gruesome ways to die. As to "white stuff, " probably OK but ask your Surgeon to take a look. ...Read more

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I had dry socket and it was treated 7days ago I still see the bone. No pain. Is it normal healing or turning into drysocket again? Or will it just heal

Wait: If pain comes back, the dry socket should be reviewed. The "bone' should start to be covered bu gum tissue. Shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a dry socket. Doc gave me pills for the pain and a syringe to clean the sockets. Tried the syringe and it hurt a like crazy. Is this normal?

I have a dry socket. Doc gave me pills for the pain and a syringe to clean the sockets. Tried the syringe and it hurt a like crazy. Is this normal?

No.: The treatment for dry socket is for your dentist to rinse the socket with saline or antiseptic solution to dislodge any debris left in there and then pack it with medicated dressing or paste. The advice to the patient is to avoid any activity like aggressive rinsing, smoking or using straws that might remove the pack. The area needs to heal without disturbance. ...Read more

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Tooth extracted 3 days ago. Seems like my clot is sinking in. Is this normal? I'm still in pain, but I don't think it's dry socket, which is my worry.

Retraction: Is a common finding but pain after 3 days typically isn't unless it was a complex surgical extraction. Go back to the treating dentist for an evaluation but also make sure there is no food impacted in the extraction socket. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water should be ok after 3 days. If the pain persists, it may be a dry socket. ...Read more

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Had the medicine packing put in on Monday for a dry socket just lost it all mad bleeding a little but is this normal or should I contact my dentist?

Had the medicine packing put in on Monday for a dry socket just lost it all mad bleeding a little but is this normal or should I contact my dentist?

See your dentist: The packing needs to be changed by the dentist 2-5 times over a 1-2 weeks period. You will be OK. ...Read more

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Bright red spots on gum that grew over hole after dry socket no pain at all is this normal. Gum not all the way healed had it donr feb 4th need help.

Bright red spots on gum that grew over hole after dry socket no pain at all is this normal. Gum not all the way healed had it donr feb 4th need help.

Sounds ok: Since you are not having any pain, it sound like you are healing fine. I wouldn't worry about any spots unless they get painful or inflamed. It takes months for the extraction area to completely heal over. See your dentist if you still have concerns. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extracted four days ago and I was wondering if I can eat normal foods and drink soda, also should I still be concerned about dry socket?

Soda & extractions: After extraction, a blood clot forms to protect the underlying bone. Your dentist advises you to minimize trauma to the area to allow the clot to cover the bone minimizing the chance of dry socket. At four days, the extraction site is still in need of gentle care so follow the post-op instructions for eating and drinking. If you want to drink soda, it is never wise to use a straw. ...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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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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My saliva is a little on the yellow-brown side. Could this be from a dry socket or infection or is this normal?

Yellow saliva: If you have had extractions done, this could be a normal post-operative event. Colored saliva could also be from a heavily seasoned diet such as curry or it could also be a sign of stomach upset and acid reflux. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction & they put medication in the hole to prevent dry socket. Is it normal to taste the medication over a couple of days?

It is normal: The medication will alleviate the pain, and it is normal to taste the medication over a couple of days. Take care. ...Read more

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I got a wisdom tooth out two days ago. Now, there's a weird looking glob of greenish-gray stuff in the extraction site. Is this normal, or dry socket?

I got a wisdom tooth out two days ago. Now, there's a weird looking glob of greenish-gray stuff in the extraction site. Is this normal, or dry socket?

Wisdom tooth healing: There is a blood clot the is over the extraction site and this is part of the healing process. You do not have a dry socket. A dry socket happens when the blood clot is lost and this is a very painful condition. Follow the post op instructions given by the extracting dentist. If you have concerns about your healing please call them and they will answer your concerns and questions. ...Read more

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I got 4 wisdom teeth out the bottom were impacted and it's now day 2 when should I expect to be eating normally again without the worry of dry socket?

I got 4 wisdom teeth out the bottom were impacted and it's now day 2 when should I expect to be eating normally again without the worry of dry socket?

Give it a few days: Usually the pain settles after 3-5 days, but you still need to be careful not to chew food into the extraction sites. We see a lot of wisdom tooth patients and each case is different; follow the instructions given by your provider and ask her/him specific questions if you need. ...Read more

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PLEASE HELP! I had my upper second premolar extracted this morning, and blood clot is shrinking 10 hours later. Is it possible/normal for blood clot to shrink in the first day? No pain (yet?) and I'm afraid of getting a dry socket

Normal: You most likely have nothing to worry about. Dry sockets are much harder to get on the upper extraction sites. If you are following the directions of not smoking and not using a straw you are probably going to be just fine. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had all my upper teeth pulled 7 days ago when can I stop worrying about a dry socket? Is it normal for my sockets to smell funny?

Dry socket: After 7 days, the chances of a dry socket are slim.
Healing is dependent on how much infection was present, and the amount of bone that was removed.
Make sure you follow the surgeon's post-op advice on caring for the wounds, and return to the surgeon for post-op exam and care. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom teeth taken out 7 days ago. Pain subsided day 4 then resumed normal eating/using straw. Now pain again. Think it's dry socket?

I got my wisdom teeth taken out 7 days ago. Pain subsided day 4 then resumed normal eating/using straw. Now pain again. Think it's dry socket?

It could be: See a dentist asap. It could be dry socket. After your tooth is pulled, ideally a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. If that clot dislodges or dissolves a couple of days after the extraction the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for days. See a dentist. ...Read more

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I had my dry socket packed on friday and I have a horrible taste in my mouth. I still have five days to go before I see thedoctor. Is the bad taste normal?

I had my dry socket packed on friday and I have a horrible taste in my mouth. I still have five days to go before I see thedoctor. Is the bad taste normal?

An infection: If you had a dry socket then you had an infection. If the socket was packed with medication then you could be on your way back to health. If you are taking medications continue taking them until you see your doctor again. ...Read more

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Just got my four wisdom teeth removed and the bottom two were impacted how long until I'm safe from dry socket and eating normally again? No sutures.

Dry socket: A dry socket usually presents about two to three days after the extraction, with extreme pain when it wasn't that bad previously. By 4-5 days you should be pretty confident everything is healing well. Check with your own dentist if you have any questions. ...Read more

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Blood Clot for lower wisdom tooth has fallen out within 48hrs. Small amount of blood remains at bottom of socket. Is this normal will I get dry socket?

Probably not: Probably not. If pain increases, likely a dry socket. In that case see doc who did extraction. Easy problem to treat. ...Read more