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Had my wisdom teeth extracted 6 days ago. A recent gaping hole @ left side extraction site, p=6/10, intermittent, w/ibuprofen. Dry socket infection?

Had my wisdom teeth extracted 6 days ago. A recent gaping hole @ left side extraction site, p=6/10, intermittent, w/ibuprofen. Dry socket infection?

Not likely: The pain typically starts about 2-3 days after the tooth was extracted. Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell. The most important thing you can do to prevent a dry socket is follow the post operative instructions by your surgeon. If concerned, don't try to tough it out and see your surgeon for post-op evaluation. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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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How to tell if you have a dry socket or infection after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket: The only way to tell for sure is to have the extraction site examined.
See your dentist or oral surgeon for an examination. ...Read more

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I had my two lower wisdom teeth removed 16 days ago. What are the chances for dry socket and infection at this point?

Dry socket: Dry sockets usually occur within 2-3 days of an extraction. After 16 days the sockets should have clotted and begun to heal.
Unless you are having pain, swelling or drainage from the socket, they are not infected.
If you are still having discomfort, you should check back with the surgeon. ...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?

Need antibiotics: You need to see your health care provider asap, you probably need a course of antibiotics. Don't put this off. ...Read more

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I had two teeth removed 5 days ago and I have had pain since. Not bad pain but annoying. Dry socket or maybe infection?

Maybe both: Call the dentist who extracted the teeth and have him/her take a look. This needs to be visualized to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth out last thurs. Can I still get a dry socket? I have an infection already & just took my 1st dose of amox.

Wisdom teeth out last thurs. Can I still get a dry socket? I have an infection already & just took my 1st dose of amox.

Maybe: Finish your antibiotics. Don't smoke, drink through a straw, no spitting (no negative pressure in your mouth) and you should be fine. ...Read more

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I had 2 wisdowm teeth removed this past Tuesday. I'm vomiting due to a virus, can this cause dry socket? What about an infection?

I had 2 wisdowm teeth removed this past Tuesday. I'm vomiting due to a virus, can this cause dry socket? What about an infection?

No, it cannot.: Dry Socket mostly occurs 1-2 days after extraction and its not an infection. Symptoms are pain which increases with time, bad breath, hollow socket (no clot). So, if teeth were removed on tuesday its been 4-5 days so most likely u are safe. And Virus infection doesn't cause dry socket. Vomiting might cause discomfort in mouth after muscles stretch.
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In serve pain after 2 weeks of tooth extracted. Went to surgeon he took x ray no dry socket and no infection. What could it be??

In serve pain after 2 weeks of tooth extracted. Went to surgeon he took x ray no dry socket and no infection. What could it be??

Pain from extraction: It is not normal to have extreme pain two weeks after extraction. Mild to moderate pain that was subsiding would be more normal. This deserves both another look by the Oral Surgeon who treated you and an evaluation from a General Dentist who might find another tooth as the cause. Sometimes it's difficult to locate the source of infection, but that is no reason not to be able to timely resolve it. ...Read more

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3 weeks post wisdom teeth surgery. Dull and achy pain on left bottom side of face and a lot of swelling. Could this be dry socket or an infection?

3 weeks post wisdom teeth surgery. Dull and achy pain on left bottom side of face and a lot of swelling. Could this be dry socket or an infection?

Yes: It sounds like you have some sort of infection on the left side. Many times this is due to food impaction in the area. Normally following the 7 day post-op appointment the patient is given a rinsing syringe to irrigate and clean the socket. You need to see your dentist for proper treatment. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Tooth pulled 2 days ago, have been Smokin the entire time and clot appears black. Infection? White cloudy stuff inside clot dry socket? Please help

Tooth pulled 2 days ago, have been Smokin the entire time and clot appears black. Infection? White cloudy stuff inside clot dry socket? Please help

Tooth: Firstly not a good idea to smoke especially after oral surgery. Clot appearing black may be normal. If there is no redness or increased pains or even pus, the area is unlikely to be infected. The "white cloudy stuff" may be dead tissue from the surgery... but if the symptoms persist please call your dentist. ...Read more

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What does an infection or dry socket where my wisdom teeth were removed look like?

Exhudate, pus: If there is pus or exhudate draining in the area you may have an infection and should get antibiotic treatment, dry socket is very painful. ...Read more

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I am still having extreme pain 3 weeks after tooth extraction with no dry socket and the socket is not closing. I don't have an infection either.

I am still having extreme pain 3 weeks after tooth extraction with no dry socket and the socket is not closing. I don't have an infection either.

Osteomyelitis?: You may have osteomyelitis. Infection of the bone. See an oral surgeon. Make sure he gets xrays. I've seen this and it can be serious. ...Read more

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How long after molar extraction before infection risk drops, dry socket risk decreases, and routine can resume including a beer at the ball game?

How long after molar extraction before infection risk drops, dry socket risk decreases, and routine can resume including a beer at the ball game?

A few days: If you had a simple extraction you can resume normal activities after only a few days with low risk of complications or healing problems. If you had a difficult or surgical extraction it would be a little longer. Everyone is different so talk to your dentist or surgeon and use common sense. Don't push things too fast
a beer should hurt but be the popcorn and peanuts may. ...Read more

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Could asthma inhalers cause an infection after my tooth extraction? No dry socket.

Unlikely: Inhaled steroids might cause fungal pharyngitis in general, that's why it is advisable to gargle or drink water after using them, the same applies after tooth extraction, wash your mouth after usage, bronchodilator inhalers aren't known to cause infection, wash your mouth anyways after using either type if you're concerned ...Read more

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I always have bad taste in my mouth and bad breath. Is this infection, or dry socket?

Recent tooth out?: If you had a recent tooth extracted it could be a dry socket. Otherwise this suggests gum disease. See your dentist or a periodontist. ...Read more

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I got a tooth pulled on the 26.6 turned into a very infected dry socket it felt like it got better, now my gums are very sore is there an infection

Evaluation: Please have the dentist who extracted the tooth evaluate the healing. Can't possibly tell, sight unseen, over the internet, if you have an infection. ...Read more

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2yrs wisdom tooth pain, removed 4wks ago, still in extreme pain, x-ray normal no infection, little dry socket not over gum, still in this much pain?

Return: Return to the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon for post-surgical reevaluation and appropriate treatment. Cause could be infection, nerve trauma, bone trauma, or other reasons. ...Read more

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Still in pain after molar extraction and bone graft. Os says I have no signs of infection or dry socket. Is this pain normal? What to do?

Yes: Some procedures can cause pain and swelling and for some people longer than others. Be patient and you will heal just fine. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom tooth pulled on my left bottom wed may 3 and I am still in pain. I went to the dent today and he said no infect or dry socket.

I had my wisdom tooth pulled on my left bottom wed may 3 and I am still in pain. I went to the dent today and he said no infect or dry socket.

Normal post op: Your pain is fairly typical post surgery. The problem is that nowadays with the hysteria over opiate narcotics, and fear of addiction, surgeons, dentists and others, refrain from giving pain meds post procedures. You're a victim of that. Use ibuprofen at high doses 800mg every 4-6 hours for pain unless you start having bleeding in which case, return to your dentist. ...Read more

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Had molar extracted 2 weeks ago-got dry socket afterwards. Now I have another infection in same area. Don't want to take more antibiotics. What to do?

Had molar extracted 2 weeks ago-got dry socket afterwards. Now I have another infection in same area. Don't want to take more antibiotics. What to do?

See your dentist: Please call the dentist who removed your molar. He/she will evaluate the area, and if appropriate, may be able to provide a soothing packing. If swollen, a different antibiotic may be in order. Call today. ...Read more

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Could my inhalers cause infection after tooth extraction? In terrible pain. Looks infected. Not a dry socket.

Possible: If inhaler is steroid, theoretical increase risk of infection. It probably is a dry socket. See dentist for evaluation and recommendations. ...Read more

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Molar pulled 4 days ago dentist checked for infection cleaned area it was healing fine. After the clean later I see bone no more scab. Dry socket?

Possible: If the socket was cleaned four day after the extraction, blood clot might've gotten dislodged causing the dry socket, or the presence of infection during extraction might prevent the blood clot from forming, see your dentist to treat the dry socket. . ...Read more

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After 9days of wisdom teeth extraction, it bled heavily last night, I went to see the doc, he says there is no infection or dry socket since no pain.?

After 9days of wisdom teeth extraction, it bled heavily last night, I went to see the doc, he says there is no infection or dry socket since no pain.?

Not OK: 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 got my 32nd impacted wisdom tooth pulled 10 days ago. I know I have a dry socket. Having pain in my ear. Could it be an ear infection?

I got my 32nd impacted wisdom tooth pulled 10 days ago. I know I have a dry socket. Having pain in my ear. Could it be an ear infection?

1st see your dentist: A dry socket can create radiating pain and could mimic ear pain.

A recent extraction needs to be evaluated by the dentist or oral surgeon who extracted the tooth, to determine if it is actually a dry socket, if it is not a dry socket, then you should see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician). ...Read more

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What is a dry socket?

Dry socket: Is painful complication following tooth extraction. Helpful home remedy for pain is clove oil. ...Read more

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What could cause a dry socket?

After extraction: If the blood clot which forms in the socket is lost - then you can develop what is known as a dry socket. They are very painful and need to be professionally treated. ...Read more

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What does dry socket feel like?

Two simple signs: 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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Would a dry socket eventually heal?

Dry socket: If you have a dry socket, see your dentist. He will pack the socket with a medicated paste that will stop the pain. A clot will then form and the dry socket will heal. ...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 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 could I tell if I have dry socket?

How could I tell if I have dry socket?

BLOOD CLOT: After an extraction if a blood clot is not present in the extraction socket and the area is "bone dry" than you have a dry socket which is very painful. A dry socket paste now indicated along with saline irrigation ...Read more

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What does a dry socket first feel like?

THROBING PAIN.: Usually after the 4th or 5th day after surgery, intense continuous pain, throbbing and doesn't go away with regular common analgesics or anti-inflammatory medicine. See your dentist for treatment. ...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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What are symptoms of not having dry socket?

What are symptoms of not having 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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Other than pain, what are the syptoms of a dry socket?

Other than pain, what are the syptoms of a dry socket?

Foul smell or taste: Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth. ...Read more

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I think I might have signs of dry socket. What do I do?

See your dentist: The dry socket occurs exclusively following a dental extraction. Dry socket has two simple signs: 1 aching, throbbing pain in the gum or jaw. 2. Horibble taste and smell in your mouth. If this is the case, see your dentist/surgeon for dry socket treatment. ...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