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Losing a clot: After the extraction, the clot must be established in the extraction socket to cover the bone in order for the granulation tissue to fill in. However, in the event of an infection, the clot is lost, the underlying bone is exposed, and thus termed dry socket. Dry socket is treated with antibiotic, usually clindamycin, and placed dressing (dry socket paste) in the socket. Keep clean... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have heard that i shouldn't smoke because i could get dry sockets. Will i definitely get them if i do?
Unpredictable: Preventing dry sockets is not possible as it can randomly occur. However, there are things that can decrease the risk. Pre and post-operative Chlorhexidine rinses, avoiding activities that can dislodge the blood clots after surgery (smoking, drinking through a straw, overzealous rinsing, and spitting) will not prevent a dry socket, but can help decrease the risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: From what I have experienced with my patients over 20 years of pulling teeth; the ones who get dry sockets say it is the worst pain ever and it never goes away, even with pain meds, until i treat the dry socket. I've heard men say it hurts like a broken bone and many women say they would rather have another natural child birth. ...Read more
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