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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)

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


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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?

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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