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Doctor insights on: Is It Normal For The Medicine Pack For A Dry Socket To Fall Out

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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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Had the medicine packing put in on Monday for a dry socket just lost it all mad bleeding a little but is this normal or should I contact my dentist?

Had the medicine packing put in on Monday for a dry socket just lost it all mad bleeding a little but is this normal or should I contact my dentist?

See your dentist: The packing needs to be changed by the dentist 2-5 times over a 1-2 weeks period. You will be OK. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth extracted Got a dry socket It was then packed with packing strip with medication was told that the packing strip will fall out. Will it?

Wisdom tooth: A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is lost after tooth extraction leaving the bone and nerve exposed. This can be due to infection, nicotine, sucking through a straw or certain hormones such as oral contraceptives. The treatment is packing with medication. The packing is usually changed as often as daily. As the tooth heals the packing will fall out. ...Read more

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What if my dry socket pack comes out the same day?

Return to dentist: If you are still experiencing to pain from the dry socket, then return to the treating dentist to have it replaced. ...Read more

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Follow up: No dry socket, but had preventative medpack in there for 4 days. Will removal hurt? Hope to avoid a 2nd pack--The 1st hurt going in.

Follow up: No dry socket, but had preventative medpack in there for 4 days. Will removal hurt? Hope to avoid a 2nd pack--The 1st hurt going in.

May be: If you had a resorbable pack, it should not need removal. If you had a gauze type packing that must be removed, usually it takes a few second to pull out and you may feel the pulling, it can be a little uncomfortable. Please talk to your dentist, it is hard to guess without seeing it. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Will a dry socket heal with only one packing? I went to ER (my dr out of town) ER dr said hole is closed there's nothing for him to pack...Help!

Will a dry socket heal with only one packing? I went to ER (my dr out of town) ER dr said hole is closed there's nothing for him to pack...Help!

Dry socket: Actually, a dry socket will heal even without any packing. It will just be painful and take much, much longer to heal. Although a physician in an emergency room is not quite the same as a dentist for a dental evaluation, if you are substantially out of pain, there is no need to repack the socket. You should still see your dentist for a follow up evaluation just to make sure all is ok. ...Read more

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Infected wisdom tooth removed 6d ago. Achey jaw/ear pain ystrday. Stitches out today--no dry socket but he put med pack anyway. Should I be concerned?

Infected wisdom tooth removed 6d ago. Achey jaw/ear pain ystrday. Stitches out today--no dry socket but he put med pack anyway. Should I be concerned?

Ask your dentist: It seems as you dentist has the situation under control, wisdom tooth still causing pain after a week can be an issue, if the pain is tapering of I would say that you are on you way to a good recovery, but this should be best addressed by your dentist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will dry socket packing last?

Depends on material: Some dry socket packings should be changed every few days, others are meant to last until the socket starts to heal. Best thing is to contact the person who did the extractions. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if I can take my dry socket packing out myself?

Yes but: Why? Are you going to put it back and how will you tell if it is healed to a point where you no longer need the packing? Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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Concerned about dry socket packing. How to prevent this?

Avoiding dry socket: You want to avoid dry socket all together. Follow the instructions given for post-op care. Don't: smoke, drink from a straw, spit, or brush area hard. Don't pick at socket if anything gets in it. Don't eat on it, avoid crunchy/hard foods. In general, avoid area as best as possible. Dry sockets can be very painful. ...Read more

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I have a red lump/spot on extraction site (extracted 5th aug) following a dry socket packing. What is it? Only had 1 packing

To many: To manny possibilities to make a site-unseen stab in the dark. Please call the Dentist or Specialist Oral Surgeon who did the extraction for a post-surgical reevaluation visit. ...Read more

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When can I start cleaning my socket with salt water after dry socket is pasted? Would toughing out the dry socket without packing it, promote healing?

Don't: The dry socket was probably caused by your rinsing out the area to begin with. You must learn to leave it alone. Do not rinse it out. Toughing it out will not help it heal faster but will only make you more uncomfortable. ...Read more

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How long after having a tooth extraction (1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

How long after having a tooth extraction (1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

2 weeks post- op: It usually takes 2 weeks post op to have your swelling totally resolve. This is dependent on the extent of the surgery, your medical condition, tooth impactions, and so forth. Please contact your surgeon about your particular circumstances, and take care... ...Read more

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Got wisdom tooth pulled, got dry socket. Got packing since friday, going to have last packing either wed/thurs & taken out fri. Can I drink beer after?

Got wisdom tooth pulled, got dry socket. Got packing since friday, going to have last packing either wed/thurs & taken out fri. Can I drink beer after?

Unlikely: The extraction socket is still healing. Alcohol slows the healing process. Consider no alcohol for a couple weeks. However, ask your dentist for his or her recommendation. ...Read more