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What to do if I have a dry socket, but i don't feel so much pain. Is it dangerous?

What to do if I have a dry socket, but i don't feel so much pain. Is it dangerous?

Dry socket: Common post dental extraction complication. It could happened when the blood clot in the socket is lost prematurely, and the bone (socket) become exposed. If not painful is a self limiting condition and will be resolved in 7-10 days. Use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid), keep the socket and your mouth clean. If concerned see your dentist for post-op examination. Take care. ...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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The taste in my mouth is bad. And sometimes when i spit it comes out yellow. Do I have dry socket?

Bad taste: Did you have your tooth removed recently? If not, it is unlikely the bad taste is from dry socket. Spitting something yellowish may be from draining fluid from nose into mouth--to see if this is happening, an ENT doctor can help you. Another reason for yellow spit may be from oral bacteria, which can cause bad taste if not removed frequently). A dentist can examine and help you with this issue. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out recently but how do I know I have a dry socket?

You would know: Dry socket is very painful, sometimes even worse than the tooth pain that prompted a patient to seek an extraction. If you have dry socket, you would know. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long do I have to worry about dry socket?

A few days after: Usually dry sockets happen 2 or 3 days after the extraction. If you get, past this time frame you are probably safe. ...Read more

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What to do if i had 2 of my bottom teeth pulled how do I know if I have a dry socket?

What to do if i had 2 of my bottom teeth pulled how do I know if I have a dry socket?

Slow healing: It hurts, there is a hole there where bone is exposed and filling it with a sedative dressing makes it feel better. You really can't diagnose it yourself, you need to have a dentist see it. If the pain is not going away or getting worse, get it checked. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if I have dry socket?

What can I do to know if I have dry socket?

Dry socket: Don't worry or think about it. It's actually not that common. Follow your dentist's instructions, especially no smoking. You will know if you have it, you will be in severe pain 2-4 days following an extraction. If that's the case, see your dentist, as it's easily remedied. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have dry socket from wisdom tooth removal?

How do I know if I have dry socket from wisdom tooth removal?

Pain and bad taste: Dry sockets usually occur within 4-5 days following the removal of a tooth. Most dry sockets are associated with removal of teeth in the lower jaw and patients describe a foul taste accompanied with varying degrees of discomfort. If you are experiencing problems postoperatively your dentist or surgeon can advise you if you have a dry socket and provide treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a dry socket?

Dry socket or not?: Dry socket has two simple signs: 1 aching, throbbing pain in the gum or jaw. 2. Horrible taste and smell in your mouth. Since dry socket occurs exclusively following a dental extraction, no extraction--no dry socket. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a dry socket?

Dry socket or not?: Dry socket has two simple signs: 1 aching, throbbing pain in the gum or jaw. 2. Horrible taste and smell in your mouth. Since dry socket occurs exclusively following a dental extraction, no extraction--no dry socket. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a dry socket?

Dry socket : 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

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I am pretty sure I have a dry socket. What are the immediate steps I should take?

NSAIDs -Tylenol OTC: Dry socket rarely results in abscess or other serious complications. Keeping pain under control is a top priority, you can use NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC. Practice a good oral hygiene, avoid using tobacco and spicy food. If concerned, see your dentist/surgeon. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a dry socket and should I take this amoxicillin?

Severe pain: The major symptom of a dry socket is intense pain. This is not from an infection so antibiotics will not help. This is a loss of the healing blood clot. You need treatment. Call the doctor that did the extraction. ...Read more

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How do I know if my blood clot fell out and I have a dry socket?

Dental dry socket: You will generally have an increase in pain about three days after the dental extraction. The pain will be profound. The pain may be so severe that even moderate pain pills will not eradicate the pain. ...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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I have a dry socket and a infection which feels like its gone into my face what can I do to help the throbbing pain and how long will it last?

Dry socket: If its really a dry socket you need to be treated see the dentist who removed the tooth we have very effective medicines take can be placed in the area the longer you wait the worse the pain will get. ...Read more

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I have a dry socket. Been taking about 2400mg-motrin and 1200mg-tylenol each day. Been doing this 1 1/2 months(b4 tooth pulled). Safe? Alternatives?

Not normal: This is not a normal post-operative complication because a dry socket should go away before two weeks. Way too much of the Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) which cautions potential liver damage. Area should be re-evaluated with an x-ray to see if there is still a bone or tooth fragment left causing the continuing infection. Something is still wrong. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a dry socket after getting my wisdom teeth pulled?

Your history: The most common history is no pain after surgery followed by severe pain on the second or third day. The other signs are best evaluted by your dentist, so see your surgeon to rule it out if you have severe pain. ...Read more