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How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

48-72 hrs: A dry socket will present as intense/increasing pain typically 48 hours after a tooth extraction. It is caused by exposed bone in an area that has lost it's blood clot. Treatment is to have a medicated dressing placed into the affected area. Antibiotics will not help a dry socket. ...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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How long after wisdom tooth extraction am I at risk for dry socket? I had all 4 pulled, at least 2 were impacted, and one was near the sinus.???

How long after wisdom tooth extraction am I at risk for dry socket? I had all 4 pulled, at least 2 were impacted, and one was near the sinus.???

Typically, symptoms for a dry socket develop 2 to 4 days after a tooth extraction.: Dry socket is more common in people with diabetes, smokers and women who take birth Control pills. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear. Pain is associated with malodor and bad taste.Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing. ...Read more

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How long should I worry about dry socket after a wisdom tooth extraction, today is now day 3 and I am feeling very little pain so far?

Stop worrying: By now, you should be just fine. Continue being cautious with your activities and eating, but the chances of a dry socket are pretty much over. ...Read more

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I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

See your surgeon: Dry sockets are best treated with a medicated dressing placed in the socket. You need to see the dentist that did your surgery for this. ...Read more

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How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can you smoke and not have to worry about dry socket?

How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can you smoke and not have to worry about dry socket?

1 week: 1 week is usually good. However, if you can quit for 1 week, stop all together, your lungs will thank you. ...Read more

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I need to know what is wrong with this terrible pain after wisdom tooth extraction with no dry socket?

Dry socket: If you have terrible pain 2 days or more after your surgery that is not relieved with prescription pain meds you probably have a dry socket or possibly muscular pain. Most likely form what you have said it is a dry socket. You treat the symptoms not the appearance of the socket. Placing a medicated dressing in the socket will give relief within a few minutes usually. ...Read more

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79 hours after wisdom tooth extraction. Is it normal to have a stinging pain? What are the chances of me getting dry socket?

79 hours after wisdom tooth extraction. Is it normal to have a stinging pain? What are the chances of me getting dry socket?

Pain not normal: 'stinging pain' surely sounds like more than would be expected. I would call the on-call dentist to discuss with them. ...Read more

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Could I lose that blood clot in the open hole after wisdom tooth extraction and develop the dreaded dry socket?

Could I lose that blood clot in the open hole after wisdom tooth extraction and develop the dreaded dry socket?

Yes: Be careful when eating or drinking during the first 24 hours. Definitely do not rinse during this time. Brush very gently on that side for a couple of days. ...Read more

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How many days after wisdom tooth extraction is the blood clot NOT needed anymore and developing dry socket is a non issue.

How many days after wisdom tooth extraction is the blood clot NOT needed anymore and developing dry socket is a non issue.

Depends: That would be based on the difficulty and severity of the tooth removal, but usually 7 to 10 days is sufficient ...Read more

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How soon can a dry socket occur after having wisdom tooth extraction?

4 days: By definition, a dry socket is a tooth socket that is not healing properly. If pain and exposed bone persists 4-7 days after an extraction, a dry socket could be the problem. ...Read more

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How common is getting dry socket in non-impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

How common is getting dry socket in non-impacted wisdom tooth extraction?

It happens: Even with the best of care, dry sockets can still happen. They are far more common from the lower than the upper wisdom teeth extractions. I can happen with simple extractions to those that are impacted. You know you have a dry socket when the area gets much more painful about 3 days after the extraction. See your dentist for a simple solution. Packing it with a medicated gauze over a few days. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter methods for treating dry socket post-wisdom tooth extraction?

Not recommended: This should really be evaluated by the surgeon who treated you. It needs to be evaluated to rule out an infection or other medically related issues. You'll feel better sooner having an expert treat you. Your aftercare should be part of the initial procedure and is your dentist's responsibility. ...Read more

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Two days post wisdom tooth extraction. No pain. No swelling. When should I stop worrying about dry socket? When will it appear if I do get it? Thanks!

Almost there: Continue the post op instructions given to you, and if you still feel great after another 24 to 36 hours, you've pretty much passed up a dry socket. ...Read more

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Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

This: This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth.

Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket.
Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine. ...Read more

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Saw my OMS doctor today and he packed my wisdom tooth extraction with medicated gauze for my dry socket it feel out and now my socket is huge. Normal?

Very Common: The gauze packing should be removed and replaced every 24 hours until symptoms subside. At this point you should treated the dry socket by flushing the extraction site with warm salt water solution and packing the socket with gauze or a gelatin sponge by yourself. If concerned, see your oral surgeon/dentist. ...Read more

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Whitish tissue over the blood clot of wisdom tooth extraction. As well as bad breath, had extraction 48 hours ago. Is this dry socket?

Whitish tissue over the blood clot of wisdom tooth extraction. As well as bad breath, had extraction 48 hours ago. Is this dry socket?

Could be: Especially if accompanied by severe pain and fever. If you are in distress, call the Dentist or Oral Surgeon who did your surgery. He/she is responsible for your post-surgical care. ...Read more

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5 days post-op wisdom tooth extraction. Healing perfectly, dentist said I'm doing great. How to keep food out of the hole/stitches without irrigation syringe. Syringe may cause dry socket he said.

Rinse mouth: You can rinse your mouth each time you eat. When I had mine removed, I never had to use syringe to remove food. Of course, to minimize the discomfort, try to chew on the healthy side more until it heals. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction is it possible to get dry sockets?

2 - 5 Days: In my practice, dry sockets occur most commonly during the first 2 - 5 days following surgery. Vigorous rinsing, spitting, smoking, and drinking with a straw immediately following surgery are things which can contribute to a dry socket. Females on some birth control meds may also have a slightly greater risk. ...Read more

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What to do for dry sockets after wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do for dry sockets after wisdom tooth 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 now grossly inadequate, then fibrinolytic alveolitis - is high on list of possibilities. Dressings exist & help immensely, notify office. ...Read more

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What are good foods to eat after having a wisdom tooth extraction so particles won't get in the socket? Besides yogurt, ice cream, soup mashed potatos

What are good foods to eat after having a wisdom tooth extraction so particles won't get in the socket? Besides yogurt, ice cream, soup mashed potatos

Ensure, etc: Smoothies, shakes, nutrition drinks (Ensure, etc) are good too...just don't use a straw for the first few days as it may cause the blood clot to come out and can result in a dry socket. And drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. ...Read more

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Got dry socket after molar extraction, now have inflammed, red gum, in same socket but nearer to wisdom tooth. Antib's cause thrush, any other solutions?

Got dry socket after molar extraction, now have inflammed, red gum, in same socket but nearer to wisdom tooth. Antib's cause thrush, any other solutions?

See your dentist: There are a few things that can be done to treat a dry socket. Usually combination of antibiotics, pain medication, and perhaps palliative dressing can be placed in the mouth to help alleviate the pain. You should see your doctor to change your antibiotic and get a pain med that will help alleviate your pain. There is little you can do aside from that, although it should heal in ~3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long after wisdom tooth extraction can I eat sunflower seeds?

I'm wondering how long after wisdom tooth extraction can I eat sunflower seeds?

After extractions: It would be best to wait until the socket closes before eating such foods. This may take 1-2 weeks. It's always a good policy to follow the directions of the dentist who actually performed the procedure and is responsible for your care. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction should I wait before drinking with a straw?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction should I wait before drinking with a straw?

3-4 days: It is recommended not to drink from a straw for 3-4 days after a tooth extraction because that is the peak time when a dry socket can occur. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

Wisdom tooth: You can change to your regular mouthwash after a few days as long as you are not having a lot of pain or swelling. Contact the extracting dentist if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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I stopped using gauze only ten minutes after a wisdoms tooth extraction. Will a blood clot still form? Or will I get dry socket?

I stopped using gauze only ten minutes after a wisdoms tooth extraction. Will a blood clot still form? Or will I get dry socket?

Dry Socket: Blood clot will most likely form. The gauze does not prevent the clot from falling out. Avoid gargling and rinsing aggressively for a few days and you will probably be fine. Any problems please call your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does bleeding last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does bleeding last after wisdom tooth extraction?

A day or so: Heavy bleeding should subside right away. Some oozing can occur for a day or two. If you are having heavy bleeding, you may wish to place a tea bag (lipton black tea) on the socket. The tannic acid will help control the bleeding. If it does not subside, see your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

2-5 days: If you placed ice on the outside of your face right after the extractions, the selling normally peaks at 48 hours then should stabilize and slowly go down. If you did not use ice it could go on longer. ...Read more

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After wisdom tooth extraction how long do I have to go without smoking?

After wisdom tooth extraction how long do I have to go without smoking?

A few days minimum: Usually it's about a week, but minimum 3-4 days. If you can quit smoking, of course it's the ideal choice. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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