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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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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?

Delayed pain: Dry socket is the result of chemicals that build up on the bone surface after a difficult or traumatic extraction. Usually it presents itself with a deep throbbing pain after initial healing begins. It is more common in individuals who smoke after surgery or rinse too vigorusly too soon after surgery. ...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?

Very unlikely: Once treated the first time, then it is very unlikely. If there are still issues from the removal of the wisdom tooth, then see an oral surgeon. ...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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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