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Had dry socket treated 3 weeks ago after tooth extraction. The socket still hasn't closed and there's swelling on the side of gums near cheek still.

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Had dry socket treated 3 weeks ago after tooth extraction. The socket still hasn't closed and there's swelling on the side of gums near cheek still.

Seek evaluation: Healing varies and is dependent on various factors including body's capacity to heal which is usually better at younger age and healthy body. The extent of surgery also affects the healing process. It is possible that there is residual tooth, bone fragment, or foreign objects such as food debris in the socket. Have it evaluated by the treating surgeon. Read more

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Got dry socket after molar extraction, now have inflammed, red gum, in same socket but nearer to wisdom tooth. Antib's cause thrush, any other solutions?

Got dry socket after molar extraction, now have inflammed, red gum, in same socket but nearer to wisdom tooth. Antib's cause thrush, any other solutions?

See your dentist: There are a few things that can be done to treat a dry socket. Usually combination of antibiotics, pain medication, and perhaps palliative dressing can be placed in the mouth to help alleviate the pain. You should see your doctor to change your antibiotic and get a pain med that will help alleviate your pain. There is little you can do aside from that, although it should heal in ~3-4 weeks. Read more

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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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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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How common is getting dry socket in non-impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

How common is getting dry socket in non-impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

It happens: Even with the best of care, dry sockets can still happen. They are far more common from the lower than the upper wisdom teeth extractions. I can happen with simple extractions to those that are impacted. You know you have a dry socket when the area gets much more painful about 3 days after the extraction. See your dentist for a simple solution. Packing it with a medicated gauze over a few days. Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter methods for treating dry socket post-wisdom tooth extraction?

Not recommended: This should really be evaluated by the surgeon who treated you. It needs to be evaluated to rule out an infection or other medically related issues. You'll feel better sooner having an expert treat you. Your aftercare should be part of the initial procedure and is your dentist's responsibility. Read more

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I need to know what is wrong with this terrible pain after wisdom tooth extraction with no dry socket?

Dry socket: If you have terrible pain 2 days or more after your surgery that is not relieved with prescription pain meds you probably have a dry socket or possibly muscular pain. Most likely form what you have said it is a dry socket. You treat the symptoms not the appearance of the socket. Placing a medicated dressing in the socket will give relief within a few minutes usually. Read more

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.I had a tooth extraction a week ago. No post op. Until 4 days. Have a dry socket no emergency dds should I go to the er?

See your dds: The best person to follow up your case is the dentist who removed your tooth. He should see you for follow-up usually without charge. Often the ER docs have very little dental training. You may need to be given a local anesthesia and have the tooth socket packed with dry socket paste. Read more

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79 hours after wisdom tooth extraction. Is it normal to have a stinging pain? What are the chances of me getting dry socket?

79 hours after wisdom tooth extraction. Is it normal to have a stinging pain? What are the chances of me getting dry socket?

Pain not normal: 'stinging pain' surely sounds like more than would be expected. I would call the on-call dentist to discuss with them. Read more

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I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

Something Squishy: Is it possible that some food was in the socket. If you had a "dry socket" you would know it. They are usually very painful. You didn't mention any pain. If you aren't in pain, I would not worry about it at all. Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction am I at risk for dry socket? I had all 4 pulled, at least 2 were impacted, and one was near the sinus.???

Typically, symptoms for a dry socket develop 2 to 4 days after a tooth extraction.: Dry socket is more common in people with diabetes, smokers and women who take birth Control pills. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.Pain is associated with malodor and bad taste.Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing. Read more

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I had a dry socket from a tooth extraction that was packed by a dentist with dry socket paste, now the paste has dissolved. Is pain normal after this?

I had a dry socket from a tooth extraction that was packed by a dentist with dry socket paste, now the paste has dissolved. Is pain normal after this?

Go Back ForA Re-Pack: I wouldn't be worried by a little bit of pain or sensitivity to hot or cold, but if it's bad, or ramps-up to bad, it will need to be re-packed and made sure there is no infection, especially if there is increasing swelling. In the meantime, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin and avoid foods with tiny particles or seeds. Rinse frequently. But get back to your dentist ASAP. Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

48-72 hrs: A dry socket will present as intense/increasing pain typically 48 hours after a tooth extraction. It is caused by exposed bone in an area that has lost it's blood clot. Treatment is to have a medicated dressing placed into the affected area. Antibiotics will not help a dry socket. Read more

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I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

See your surgeon: Dry sockets are best treated with a medicated dressing placed in the socket. You need to see the dentist that did your surgery for this. Read more

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How soon can a dry socket occur after having wisdom tooth extraction?

4 days: By definition, a dry socket is a tooth socket that is not healing properly. If pain and exposed bone persists 4-7 days after an extraction, a dry socket could be the problem. Read more

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Is there a connection between loss of hearing and the tooth extraction & dry socket I had the same week?

Is there a connection between loss of hearing and the tooth extraction & dry socket I had the same week?

Very unlikely: The two situations that you describe are not likely related. See your dentist to follow through on the healing of your extraction site, and see and ENT for the hearing loss. Read more

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How long after having a tooth extraction (1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

How long after having a tooth extraction (1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

2 weeks post- op: It usually takes 2 weeks post op to have your swelling totally resolve. This is dependent on the extent of the surgery, your medical condition, tooth impactions, and so forth. Please contact your surgeon about your particular circumstances, and take care... Read more

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How long should I worry about dry socket after a wisdom tooth extraction, today is now day 3 and I am feeling very little pain so far?

Stop worrying: By now, you should be just fine. Continue being cautious with your activities and eating, but the chances of a dry socket are pretty much over. 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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