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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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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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?

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?

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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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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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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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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Dry Socket (Definition)

A complication in the healing after an extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul ...Read more