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Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Timing: It is normal to have postoperative pain from wisdom tooth extractions. However bad the pain was, if it seems to get much much worse about 3-4 days following the extraction, then there is a good chance it may be a dry socket. Another symptom can be pain radiating up to your ear area. Dry sockets are usually from lower wisdom tooth extractions. Your dentist can treat a dry socket very easily. ...Read more

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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...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?

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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Why i still have a tooth pain after dry socket treatment( medicated dressing )?

Why i still have a tooth pain  after dry socket treatment( medicated dressing )?

Likely infection: The topical pain killers in dry socket dressings are designed to provide quick acting and sometimes short term relief while the underlying infection starts to resolve. Since that infection can take up to a week to resolve, it is common for pain to recur and require replacement of the dry socket dressing a few times while managing the condition. Systemic painkillers like Ibuprofen are very helpful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dry socket tooth?

What are the symptoms of dry socket tooth?

Pain: A dry socket can occur if a person has a tooth removed and then upsets the healing "clot". This can happen by any suction that can dislodge the clot from the socket, thus revealing the bony socket to the oral envirnoment. So, smoking, using a straw, or sucking up on the socket should be avoided. ...Read more

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I just had a tooth pulled will benedryl cause dry socket?

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I just had a tooth pulled will benedryl cause dry socket?

NO: Dry socket occurs due to infection, causing loss of the fibrin clot, exposed the bone, causing osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and necrosis, thus is termed "dry socket". Usually happened to smoker, immune deficient individual, diabetics, alcohol, and steroid user. These problems results in lower immunity and higher incidence of infection. Dry socket usually occurs day 3 after extraction. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth hole hurts, but not dry socket. What could it be?

Wisdom tooth hole hurts, but not dry socket. What could it be?

See your dentist: Normal pain following removal, dry socket, alveolitis, infection? Who knows? We can't diagnose your problem over the internet. How do you know it is not a dry socket? You need to see\consult with the dentist who removed the tooth. Feel better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dry socket twice on the same wisdom tooth?

Is it possible to get dry socket twice on the same wisdom tooth?

Yes, but unlikely.: If the clot has been disturbed , a dry socket post-extraction can occur...Especially in smokers. Usually a medicated dressing is changed every other day or so which would prevent the formation of another dry socket, or exposed bone. ...Read more

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Docs, could a dry socket occur after an infected tooth falls out?

Yes See Your Dentist: Dry socket commonly occurs within the first 24-48 hours. If you're that worried you should see your dentist for post-op appointment. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

Can you have dry socket in an extracted impacted tooth that is stitched up?

Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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Is the risk of a dry socket still there until the wisdom tooth hole closes?

Low risk: Usually the risk is there until about seven days post extraction for a dry socket. Once the gum tissue has started to cover over the area, then there is a greatly diminished risk of losing the clot and developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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I might have to have my top wisdom tooth out soon and i'm so scared! also, how easy is it to get dry socket?

Top wisdom teeth: Have to say upper wisdom teeth removal is pretty easy/routine. As your cheek will cover the extraction site, it is less likely that you will get a dry socket. Best advice is to refrain from smoking, carbonated beverages and hard physical activity for the first few days after surgery. Surely your dental surgeon will give some post-op instructions to follow. ...Read more

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I just had a tooth pulled on friday it formed a blod clot over 16 hours ago. Do istill have to worry about getting dry socket?

I just had a tooth pulled on friday it formed a blod clot over 16 hours ago. Do istill have to worry about getting dry socket?

Yes: Be careful for the first 3-4 days after an extraction, to ensure the blood clots properly and does not break, otherwise a dry socket could develop. ...Read more

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Can i see the dressing put in my wisdom tooth hole after dry socket? There's something there an i can't tell if it's good or not.

Can i see the dressing put in my wisdom tooth hole after dry socket? There's something there an i can't tell if it's good or not.

Dry Socket Paste: If you are not in any substantial pain whether or not there is something in the socket is good. If you are in pain, you need to speak to your surgeon for advice. These packings often come out by themselves. If not, they need to be removed. Your surgeon should have given you a followup appointment. If not, call and make one. ...Read more

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Had upper left side wisdom tooth and tooth next to it removed Monday morning, how long has to pass before I'm safe from dry socket?

Dry socket: Dry socket usually occurs within a few days after an extraction. So you should be ok by now. Call the extracting dentist if you are having severe pain that would indicate dry socket ...Read more

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Hi. I had my UPPER #13 tooth extracted 3 days ago. I can not see a clot. Is it way up in the hole? Terrified of dry socket!!! Thank you.

Hi.  I had my UPPER #13 tooth extracted 3 days ago.  I can not see a clot.  Is it way up in the hole?  Terrified of dry socket!!! Thank you.

Dry socket?: I can't see your extraction site either. As long as the post-surgical pain is abating, and there's no bad smell or taste, you should be OK. If you're still worried, call your surgeon for a post-surgical reevaluation. You already paid him/her for your treatment, go back to make sure everything's healing well. ...Read more

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I worry every time I rinse, sacred I'd start bleeding. Is it possible to have a dry socket after a day and a half of getting a tooth extracted?

It is possible: if the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from the tooth socket or nicotine constricts blood vessels which slows the formation and expansion of the healing blood clot in the socket. This leads to the painful complication a Dry Socket. If concerned call your dentist for eval. ...Read more

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Tooth extracted 3 days ago. Seems like my clot is sinking in. Is this normal? I'm still in pain, but I don't think it's dry socket, which is my worry.

Retraction: Is a common finding but pain after 3 days typically isn't unless it was a complex surgical extraction. Go back to the treating dentist for an evaluation but also make sure there is no food impacted in the extraction socket. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water should be ok after 3 days. If the pain persists, it may be a dry socket. ...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 had a tooth extracted four days ago and I was wondering if I can eat normal foods and drink soda , also should I still be concerned about dry socket?

Soda & extractions: After extraction, a blood clot forms to protect the underlying bone. Your dentist advises you to minimize trauma to the area to allow the clot to cover the bone minimizing the chance of dry socket. At four days, the extraction site is still in need of gentle care so follow the post-op instructions for eating and drinking. If you want to drink soda, it is never wise to use a straw. ...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