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How Can I Prevent 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Onset anywhere from the day of extraction to 4 days and than chances decrease..But symptoms can last long once caused. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's been almost 7 days and I have dry socket in my left bottom hole after wisdom teeth removal. Am i okay to drink through a straw?
Dry socket: I'm not clear if you still have pain in the socket and how well the socket is filling in with tissue. Your dentist should be following the healing process for you and he\she would be the best one to answer your question and tell you at this point what you can and can't do. Having said that, it would be better to wait until you are completely free of pain there and the socket is closed up. ...Read more
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