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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Got 2 wisdom teeth (top&btm)out 7 days ago. Doc removed stitch n says it's healing ok today. Jaw still have slight pain. Is it normal, dry socket?

Got 2 wisdom teeth (top&btm)out 7 days ago. Doc removed stitch n says it's healing ok today. Jaw still have slight pain. Is it normal, dry socket?

Normal: It does not appear to be dry socket... your pain would be quite severe and you would have a foul smell. Pain following wisdom tooth extraction can sometimes last for two weeks. Give it some time. ...Read more

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5 days post-op wisdom tooth extraction. Healing perfectly, dentist said I'm doing great. How to keep food out of the hole/stitches without irrigation syringe. Syringe may cause dry socket he said.

5 days post-op wisdom tooth extraction. Healing perfectly, dentist said I'm doing great. How to keep food out of the hole/stitches without irrigation syringe. Syringe may cause dry socket he said.

Rinse mouth: You can rinse your mouth each time you eat. When I had mine removed, I never had to use syringe to remove food. Of course, to minimize the discomfort, try to chew on the healthy side more until it heals. ...Read more

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What things make dry socket more likely?

Bad luck: Dry sockets can occur with any extraction. Vigorous rinsing, spitting, sucking through a straw, and smoking may increase the risk of developing a dry socket or osteitis. ...Read more

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How can I know if I develop a dry socket?

How can I know if I develop a dry socket?

Severe Pain: A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the extraction site is lost, resulting in the exposure of the boney socket. It is extremely painful, so you'll know if you have one if you're still in pain 2 days or do after oral surgery. Your dentist can treat it with a simple office visit, but it is easier to avoid the problem by carefully following your dentist post surgical instructions. ...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 can I make sure I don't get a dry socket?

How can I make sure I don't get a dry socket?

Prevention: Follow the oral surgeons directions concerning eating, drinking, oral hygiene. Basically, you don't want to dissolve or dislodge the blood clot protecting the extraction site. If you do, a dry socket may result & will need to be treated to prevent infection & pain. ...Read more

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How will I know if my dry socket is improving?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get dry socket twice?

Not possible: It is not possible to get a dry socket twice. If the socket does not heal after a few weeks after dry socket treatment may be caused by other medical conditions (e.g. osteonecrosis). ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have dry socket?

Great deal of pain: If the healing portion of an extraction site is jostled or pulled away from socket, then there is a good chance that this will lead to a very painful dry socket. The pain comes from an exposed portion of the underlying bone. Once it has occurred, it is important to seek treatment from the surgeon to place a cover over the exposed wound in the form of a paste on a dissolvable sponge to heal. ...Read more

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What are common signs before getting a dry socket?

What are common signs before getting a dry socket?

Not usually: A dry socket results from a good blood clot not forming, which in turn leaves exposed bone in the socket, which in turn causes the severe pain. While insufficient bleeding might be an early cue, most patients not only don't know what to expect, but also can't usually visualize the area. It comes on unexpectedly 2-4 days following the extraction. Don't smoke, rinse 1st 24 hrs. And follow directions. ...Read more