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What exactly are dry sockets ?

What exactly are dry sockets ?

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 more

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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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Do dry sockets hurt constantly?

Do dry sockets hurt constantly?

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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How to tell if I have dry sockets?

How to tell if I have dry sockets?

Dry socket: A dry socket, which can occur in 2-4 days after an extraction, will be extremely painful. This is something you should not try to diagnose yourself, as there may be other problems causing pain. See your dentist or oral surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid dry sockets?

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 more

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What is the frequency of dry sockets?

Less than 5% - 10%: Dry sockets or alveolar osteitis may occur in 5% - 10% of patients undergoing extractions. Preoperative chlorhexidene rinses, and avoiding activities that can dislodge the blood clots can help decrease the risks. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have dry sockets?

How to determine if I have dry sockets?

PAIN: Severe pain 2-3 days after an extraction, when there was less pain prior is typical of a dry socket. ...Read more

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Could dry sockets cause intermittent pain rather than continuous?

Not usually: Dry socket pain is usually continuous once it starts. One should see their dentist as soon as they suspect a dry socket. The dentist can place a soothing dressing that usually stops the pain in a few minutes. ...Read more

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Have heard that i shouldn't smoke because i could get dry sockets. Will i definitely get them if i do?

Have heard that i shouldn't smoke because i could get dry sockets. Will i definitely get them if i do?

Dry Sockets: No, but you greatly increase the chances, especially on lower teeth. It is always best to follow directions. ...Read more

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Can you drink when you have dry sockets?

Yes: You should drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinking through a straw, as the symptoms of the dry socket could be aggravated. ...Read more

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Can i get dry sockets from having a drink?

Can i get dry sockets from having a drink?

Not likely: As long as you are not disturbing the blood cloth formed in the extraction area you have nothing to worry about. ( do not use straw or spit). ...Read more

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Can you get dry sockets 2 weeks after extraction?

Very rare: At this point most of the major healing is finished. But i hesitate to say "never", since there is always the exception to the rule for a really difficult extraction with flap closure and sutures. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent dry sockets from occurring?

Dry Socket: The absolute best way to prevent dry socket is by not creating negative pressure in your mouth. Use of a straw and smoking anything will pull on the healing clot, disloging it creating a dry, or empty socket. Also do not rinse your mouth the day of he extraction. After 24 hours rinse gently and often with warm not hot salt water. This will really speed up healing, and help clense the site. ...Read more

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How long is the paste for dry sockets supposed to stay in?

Socket: I would prefer you contact the dentist that did the treatment today to take a look at the site. It is important that the material stay in place to get the ideal socket preservation. ...Read more

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How many days post extraction do dry sockets typically occur if they do occur?

Depends: depends on the patient, their habits, health, age and medical status....it also depends on location and complexity of the extraction but if one was to get a "dry socket" it would generally be within 2-4 days.....but most of the time that is not the issues, it's patients not cleaning it well, not following instructions to the fullest or they are just not comfortable to clean it well. No worries. ...Read more

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The medicated strip put in my sockets to help with dry socket fell out is this something I should be concerned about?

No: The medicated dressing was packed lightly in the extraction socket to help alleviate the discomfort and to help provide some degree of protection to the exposed bone. It is not uncommon for a dressing to be dislodged, and if you are not having any discomfort, you should not be concerned. ...Read more

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Help please! is dry socket still possible if stitches were put in to close the empty sockets?

Help please! is dry socket still possible if stitches were put in to close the empty sockets?

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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Can dry sockets in gums occur even without surgery ?

dry socket: By definition a dry socket can occur after an extraction no ext no dry socket see a dentist 4 evaluation. ...Read more

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Im dry sockets are swollen and oozing pus, what can I do?

You can: Try hydrogen peroxide rinses. Try to keep it around the extracted tooth area. It should help as emergency treatment. Please see your dentist for future treatments. ...Read more

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In how many days do dry sockets form after having a tooth pulled?

In how many days do dry sockets form after having a tooth pulled?

2-3 days: Usually 3 days after the tooth is extracted a dry socket forms. See your doctor asap to get out of pain. ...Read more

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Do dry sockets happen after a week? Does using electronic cigarette jeopardize the clot after a week?

Do dry sockets happen after a week? Does using electronic cigarette jeopardize the clot after a week?

Dry socket: Dry socket can be caused by anything that dislodges the blood clot that is the beginnning of the healing process. So sucking on an electronic cigarette although it may not be as harmful to the system as regular cigarettes it may cause dislodging of the clot and lead to dry socket. ...Read more

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How to know if I have blood clots or dry sockets?

How to know if I have blood clots or dry sockets?

Dry socket: When you have a tooth extracted, a blood clot forms in the socket area that is left. If for some reason the clot is lost, this area is left open and exposed, causing a dry socket. There is usually pain involved with a dry socket. See your dentist to have the area irrigated and possibly packed to ease the pain. Sometimes antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Will throwing up cause dry sockets?

Causes of dry socket: Vomiting, is a violent purging of stomache contents. A newly formed clot is fragile and is very suceptible to abrasive actions of vomiting. It can be lost easily the first three days. Some pain medicines can make you nasueous. Consult your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a dry socket. Doc gave me pills for the pain and a syringe to clean the sockets. Tried the syringe and it hurt a like crazy. Is this normal?

I have a dry socket. Doc gave me pills for the pain and a syringe to clean the sockets. Tried the syringe and it hurt a like crazy. Is this normal?

No.: The treatment for dry socket is for your dentist to rinse the socket with saline or antiseptic solution to dislodge any debris left in there and then pack it with medicated dressing or paste. The advice to the patient is to avoid any activity like aggressive rinsing, smoking or using straws that might remove the pack. The area needs to heal without disturbance. ...Read more

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Can a tooth that was rooted into the jaw and dry sockets can still develop?

Dry socket: Dry socket can develop several days after a tooth extraction when the healing clot is lost and the bone is exposed. This is very painful and needs to be treated by the extracting dentist. Follow post op instructions to minimize the chance of a dry socket. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to develop dry sockets 3 1/2 weeks after tooth extraction?

Would it be possible to develop dry sockets 3 1/2 weeks after tooth extraction?

No.: By the three and a half week mark, you should be almost completely healed. Go have things checked if you're having unusual pain. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it possible to get dry sockets 4 days after wisdom tooth surgery?

Dry sockets: Dry sockets (osteomyelitis) using happens around 48-72 hours after wisdom teeth surgery. It's because the blood clot has broken down and the bare bone is exposed. You will eventually heal but it will be painful. Your surgeon can treat the dry socket to make it feel much better. Give them a call tomorrow. ...Read more