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Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Wisdom tooth pain, how to tell if it's dry socket or stitches?

Timing: It is normal to have postoperative pain from wisdom tooth extractions. However bad the pain was, if it seems to get much much worse about 3-4 days following the extraction, then there is a good chance it may be a dry socket. Another symptom can be pain radiating up to your ear area. Dry sockets are usually from lower wisdom tooth extractions. Your dentist can treat a dry socket very easily. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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Why i still have a tooth pain after dry socket treatment( medicated dressing )?

Why i still have a tooth pain  after dry socket treatment( medicated dressing )?

Likely infection: The topical pain killers in dry socket dressings are designed to provide quick acting and sometimes short term relief while the underlying infection starts to resolve. Since that infection can take up to a week to resolve, it is common for pain to recur and require replacement of the dry socket dressing a few times while managing the condition. Systemic painkillers like Ibuprofen are very helpful. ...Read more

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What is "dry socket"?

Bad: Basically the clot that was supposed to form after tooth extraction is either never formed or removed....Both usually due to improper care. It's the exposure of bone and great pain follows. http://www.animated-teeth.com/dry-sockets/a1-dry-sockets.htm should help you with all the info. ...Read more

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Signs of a dry socket?

Dry socket or not?: Dry socket has two simple signs: 1 aching, throbbing pain in the gum or jaw. 2. Horrible taste and smell in your mouth. Since dry socket occurs exclusively following a dental extraction, no extraction--no dry socket. ...Read more

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What are the signs of dry socket?

Loss of blood clot: Signs of dry socket most often involve loss of the blood clot in the socket. Symptoms of dry socket involve severe pain in the jaw that is not relieved by pain medication. Placing a sedative dressing into the socket, after debriding the area is usually the required treatment. This is often needed several times for a week or two. ...Read more

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How to ease the pain of dry socket?

Dry socket: See your dentist for treatment and packing to protect the exposed bone. ...Read more

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What are signs of not having dry socket?

What are signs of not having dry socket?

Having a clot: Not having a dry socket you would see a clot in the extraction site and if sutured then the suture would still be in place and the site closed. You may still have foul smelling orders from food possibly getting in the site or under the sutures. Basically if there is a clost in the site and no exposed bone then you dont have a dry socket. ...Read more

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How can I prevent dry socket?

Additional notes: Just a few things to add to dr. Sandroff's note. There are some other general factors that make you more or less prone to a dry socket. Sites on the upper jaw are much less likely to end up with dry socket. Typically dry socket occurs with lower molars. Of course, sometimes you can do everything right and you'll still get one. Sometimes you just get the short end of the stick...Sorry :(. ...Read more

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What is the cure for dry socket?

What is the cure for dry socket?

Seek help: Go to the professional that treated you and let them evaluate the situation. There is a medication that can be packed into the socket which will help relieve the pain. Also, you may need some pain medication until the socket begins to heal. If the area is infected you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you drink with a dry socket?

Can you drink with a dry socket?

Dry socket: A dry socket is an extraction site that has lost its clot. The bare bone is exposed causing pain. It will eventually heal with or without dental treatment. Drinking alcohol and mixing pain medication is never a good idea. Alcohol is never the answer to fixing a problem. ...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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more