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Can I get dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Can I get dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Yes: A dry socket can occur with the removal of any tooth, although in my practice, it is quite rare with removal of teeth in the upper jaw. Smoking, vigorous rinsing, spitting and drinking through a straw should be avoided immediately postop as these actions may increase the risk of dislodging the blood clot. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How can I avoid dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket: It is good that you are already aware of such post-extraction complications. If you were given a post-op instruction, please read well and follow it. Make sure not to spit hard if you rinse your mouth (keep it to minimum for the first couple days), stay on a soft diet, if unsure request a post-extraction exam or check to make sure healing is normal. Losing blood clot leads to dry socket. ...Read more

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How long is there a risk of dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Varies: Onset anywhere from the day of extraction to 4 days and than chances decrease..But symptoms can last long once caused. ...Read more

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I think I have dry socket - got wisdom teeth removed. What do I do?

I think I have dry socket - got wisdom teeth removed. What do I do?

Avoid: If you have been smoking, spitting or drinking with a straw, try to avoid doing those things. If you have a bad taste in your mouth and persistent pain in the extraction site (usually in the lower jaw), your dentist or surgeon should see you to determine if you have a dry socket or not. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

What is the chance of getting dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Possible: It is possible depending on the type of procedure you had. Follow your dentist's instructions and report any swelling or pain. ...Read more

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How can one know if they have dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can  one know if they have dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Delayed healing/pain: After wisdom teeth removal the socket where the tooth was fills with blood that later coagulate and eventually turn into bone after the gums heal to close it on top. If that blood clot gets dislodged for any reason like rinsing right after or smoking, the socket gets infected and does not heal. The condition usually associated with pain and foul odor from the infection. ...Read more

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What causes a dry socket after wisdom teeth? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth removed, and am worried about dry socket. What causes it? .

Difficult extraction: Excessive trauma is thought to be the main cause. Very difficult impactions are best handled by an oral surgeon to maximize skill and minimize post op complications. However dry sockets do occur from time to time. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Avoid . . .: Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

What is the best way to treat dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

Bone infection: A dry socket is infection that develops in the bone socket. It is best treated by careful debridement to remove the layer of infected bone and to restart bleeding that important in the development of a full socket blood clot. Perscription antibiotic and anti inflammatory medication is often indicated. ...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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Will rinsing with salt water prevent me from getting a dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Will rinsing with salt water prevent me from getting a dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket: Dry socket is when the clot that forms in the socket after a few days, comes out. You want to keep the area clean and be gentle. Warm salt water rinses are a great cleanser and healer. To prevent loss of the clot use no suction, heavy spitting or heavy brushing for a week or so. No hot liquids for the first 24 hours and keep the area clear of small granular foods. No aspirin. ...Read more

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I just had 2 teeth pulled today. Can swallowing cause dry socket or is using a straw and or smoking usually the cause of dry socket ? Not wisdom teeth

Dry Socket: A dry socket occurs when the blood clot that formed in the extraction site is dislodged. This can occur with almost any action that disturbs the site. Refrain from gargling, rinsing, drinking through a straw, and smoking during the healing process. Normal swallowing usually does not cause any problems. ...Read more

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What do about dislocated jaw and dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

What do about dislocated jaw and dry socket after wisdom teeth extraction?

See your dentist: As with any surgery, removal of your wisdom teeth carries some risks. If complications developed, your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss appropriate treatment options with you. ...Read more

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I have a dry socket from a wisdom teeth extraction, what can I do to ease the pain?

Keep it clean: Dry socket is caused by poor primary closure or poor healing of the extraction sire. If you are smoker stop smoking immediately. Keep the area clean to promote better healing. Rinse with with warm water and salt and see your dentist asap. ...Read more

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I had dressing to treat dry socket after impacted wisdom teeth removal. Dressing removed 2 days. Still have dull pulsing pain on one side. Is this ok?

I had dressing to treat dry socket after impacted wisdom teeth removal. Dressing removed 2 days. Still have dull pulsing pain on one side. Is this ok?

The rule of thumb: The gauze packing should be removed and replaced every 24 hours until symptoms subside. If concerned see your surgeon for management. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to develop dry socket 6 hours after wisdom teeth removal?

Would it be possible to develop dry socket 6 hours after wisdom teeth removal?

Not usually: Dry socket is usually most common a day to several days after surgery. It is not impossible to have dry socket that quickly, though not highly likely. Could just be normal post-op pain and discomfort. ...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


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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