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Dry socket doesn't seem to be healing, need help please?

Dry socket doesn't seem to be healing, need help please?

See and: Discuss this with the dentist who removed the tooth. If necessary, see an oral surgeon for a consult. You need a one on one consult and not internet advice.

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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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What is the treatment for dry socket?

What is the treatment for dry socket?

A medicated dressing: 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.

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I have dry socket treatment question, any suggestions?

I have dry socket treatment question, any suggestions?

Yes: Suggest that you leave the treatment to the dentist who extracted the tooth. The dentist is better prepared to treat you correctly and speed along the healing process.

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Minor swelling around the wound site. Could it be a dry socket or is it just slow healing?

Normal healing: If this is in reference to a dental extraction, it is reasonable to expect minor swelling around an extraction site (wound). This is an acute phase inflammatory sign, and should resolve quickly in the absence of infection. If swelling persists or worsens, then infection or dry socket should be considered.

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Could you tell me if my dry socket is healing, why is the area around it even more swollen now?

Lack of Symptoms: Dry socket pain is often accompanied by bad breath and a foul taste. These symptoms are common and will disappear as healing occurs.

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What does dry socket look like if it's healing?

Exposed bone: Dry socket is the very painful condition where the healing blood clot is lost and the bone is exposed to the environment. So initially it will look like an empty hole. Many times you can see the bone. As it is healing this hole will fill in with tissue. You need to see the dentist who did the extraction for treatment.

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What is a good way to check if I have dry socket or if its just healing pain?

Dry Socket?: Usually, if you can see the socket and it looks empty, that can confirm a suspicious dry socket. Usually, though, pain from a dry socket is much more intense and unrelenting than normal post-op pain. Also, not usually relieved much by over the counter medications and analgesics/pain killers.

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Alvogyl came out after 3 days of dry socket treatment. I don't feel any pain but should I go see the dr. And put the another alvogyl? Or let it be?

Let it be: The medication placed in your socket was to relieve pain until your socket started healing. No pain means you do not have to replace the Alvogyl.

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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?

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.

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I have had dry socket for 7 days now after having a tooth out. I want to know if I can still exercise why it's healing or will it delay it even more?

I have had dry socket for 7 days now after having a tooth out. I want to know if I can still exercise why it's healing or will it delay it even more?

Yes, you can: There is no restrictions on exercise with dry socket treatment. Pain and bad breath should continue to improve and will likely be gone within a few more days.

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When can I start cleaning my socket with salt water after dry socket is pasted? Would toughing out the dry socket without packing it, promote healing?

Don't: The dry socket was probably caused by your rinsing out the area to begin with. You must learn to leave it alone. Do not rinse it out. Toughing it out will not help it heal faster but will only make you more uncomfortable.

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If I have a healing dry socket no pain is it ok to rinse with warm sea salt water? I also use the prescribed mouthwash. Is that enough? What's best?

If I have a healing dry socket no pain is it ok to rinse with warm sea salt water? I also use the prescribed mouthwash. Is that enough? What's best?

Healing extraction: You are doing everything you can. Prevent any food from getting stuck in the extraction site. Gently brush the adjacent teeth. You should be ok.

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I had a molar extracted in July. I developed a dry socket. It was packed with medicine. Started healing slowly now a small piece of bone shows again?

I had a molar extracted in July. I developed a dry socket. It was packed with medicine. Started healing slowly now a small piece of bone shows again?

Incomplete healing: With a dry socket, excess inflammation can become present within the tooth socket. With this excess inflammation, the tissue within and surrounding the tooth socket can have changes within of the blood flow to the tissues. With these changes, incomplete healing can occur due to surface dying of the tissue. This dying of tissue can leave painful exposed bone.

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Is it ok to keep gall pads in my mouth since the dry socket paste came out 6 hours after applied. What can I do to make sure it's healing properly.?

Better Idea...: Go back and have the paste reapplied. The paste has medication to help the socket heal faster and to ease the pain.

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Teeth extracted 4 days ago and I'm scared I have a dry socket. It even hurts when the wind blows on my cheek messed up the healing. Do I have the symptoms?

Call your dentist: Dry socket has intense pain. You may have dry socket or you may have an infection. Either way you should call your dentist and get this checked.