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I just got 2 wisdom teeth taken out along with another tooth 2 days ago. I'm a smoker and worried about dry socket. What are the 1st symptoms?

I just got 2 wisdom teeth taken out along with another tooth 2 days ago. I'm a smoker and worried about dry socket. What are the 1st symptoms?

Smoking Kills: It seems as though you understand that there will be symptoms if you smoke. The answer to your question is to not smoke at this time. The body wants to heal itself, but a dry socket is evidence that you are getting in the way. Do not smoke until the doctor who removed your teeth says that your sockets have healed. Keep your mouth clean and rinse with warm salt water to promote proper healing! ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more


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What are the common symptoms and pain from a dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

What are the common symptoms and pain from a dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

Dry Socket Symptoms: Normal to feel some pain & discomfort after extraction, however...If on 3-4th day after the procedure the pain increases substantially & character of pain changes (throbbing more, radiating more to ear & temple) & if the pain medicine that you were taking is now grossly inadequate, then fibrinolytic alveolitis - is high on list of possibilities. Dressings exist & help immensely. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth extracted- what is the risk for dry socket?

Wisdom teeth extracted- what is the risk for dry socket?

Minimal: The risk of dry socket is very low as along as you follow your doctor's after care instructions. Avoid, smoking, spitting and sucking on straws for at least 3 days. Contact your dentist with any questions. ...Read more

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How long after removal of your wisdom teeth does a dry socket appear?

3-5 days: It usually starts about 3-5 days after surgery. You have normal amount of post operative pain which begins to decrease and then develop more intense pain. This is a dry socket or alveolar osteitis which means the blood clot in the socket has broken down before adequate tissue has grown to cover the socket bone. If you have one a simple dressing with numbing medication will relieve your pain. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out recently but how do I know I have a dry socket?

You would know: Dry socket is very painful, sometimes even worse than the tooth pain that prompted a patient to seek an extraction. If you have dry socket, you would know. ...Read more

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Its been 3 days since my wisdom teeth were pulled, can I smoke worry free of dry socket?

Follow dentist's: Written instructions after an extraction. Avoid strenuous activity to include heavy lifting. Just plan to take it easy. Avoid activities that create suction (smoking or sucking from a straw). Don't swish vigorously. Avoid alcohol ; hot beverages. A soft or liquid diet would be good. Why not put healing ahead of the desire to smoke? ...Read more

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It had been 7 days since i got my wisdom teeth extracted.Is it possible for me to get a dry socket?

Usually sooner: Dry socket usually starts sooner. Are you having any symptoms? Are you just wondering if you are safely out of the woods? About 2% to 5% of people develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, there will just be whitish bone instead of a dark blood clot. ...Read more

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Had wisdom teeth extracted, two days later and i'm worried about dry socket. When does the risk for this go away?

At 44, about two wks: Normally (age 18-25), dry socket risk is highest at 3-5 days post-extraction. At twice that age, twice the risk, twice the duration of that risk. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom teeth out a week ago and the bottom one opened back up today. Is it still possible get a dry socket?

After a week the : Socket is likely stable enough that a "dry socket" is quite unlikely. The condition is usually found on day 3-4 after surgery and relates to lower back teeth almost exclusively. Please don't be too concerned and continue to rinse and care for the area as instructed by your surgeon. You should be fine. Good luck! ...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