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Doctor insights on: Wisdom Tooth Dry Socket Symptoms

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Wisdom tooth hole hurts, but not dry socket. What could it be?

Wisdom tooth hole hurts, but not dry socket. What could it be?

See your dentist: Normal pain following removal, dry socket, alveolitis, infection? Who knows? We can't diagnose your problem over the internet. How do you know it is not a dry socket? You need to see\consult with the dentist who removed the tooth. Feel better. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to get dry socket twice on the same wisdom tooth?

Is it possible to get dry socket twice on the same wisdom tooth?

Yes, but unlikely.: If the clot has been disturbed , a dry socket post-extraction can occur...Especially in smokers. Usually a medicated dressing is changed every other day or so which would prevent the formation of another dry socket, or exposed bone. ...Read more

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Is the risk of a dry socket still there until the wisdom tooth hole closes?

Low risk: Usually the risk is there until about seven days post extraction for a dry socket. Once the gum tissue has started to cover over the area, then there is a greatly diminished risk of losing the clot and developing a dry socket. ...Read more

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I might have to have my top wisdom tooth out soon and i'm so scared! also, how easy is it to get dry socket?

Top wisdom teeth: Have to say upper wisdom teeth removal is pretty easy/routine. As your cheek will cover the extraction site, it is less likely that you will get a dry socket. Best advice is to refrain from smoking, carbonated beverages and hard physical activity for the first few days after surgery. Surely your dental surgeon will give some post-op instructions to follow. ...Read more

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Can i see the dressing put in my wisdom tooth hole after dry socket? There's something there an i can't tell if it's good or not.

Can i see the dressing put in my wisdom tooth hole after dry socket? There's something there an i can't tell if it's good or not.

Dry Socket Paste: If you are not in any substantial pain whether or not there is something in the socket is good. If you are in pain, you need to speak to your surgeon for advice. These packings often come out by themselves. If not, they need to be removed. Your surgeon should have given you a followup appointment. If not, call and make one. ...Read more

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Had upper left side wisdom tooth and tooth next to it removed Monday morning, how long has to pass before I'm safe from dry socket?

Dry socket: Dry socket usually occurs within a few days after an extraction. So you should be ok by now. Call the extracting dentist if you are having severe pain that would indicate dry socket ...Read more

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I had my bottom wisdom tooth out a week ago and today I've been bleeding for s few hours with a tea bag over it. Could it be I got a dry socket?

I had my bottom wisdom tooth out a week ago and today I've been bleeding for s few hours with a tea bag over it. Could it be I got a dry socket?

Call your Surgeon: Call your treating Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon, the practitioner that knows your wisdom tooth situation best. He/she is responsible for your post=surgical care. Without seeing you it is difficult to give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have dry socket from wisdom tooth removal?

How do I know if I have dry socket from wisdom tooth removal?

Pain and bad taste: Dry sockets usually occur within 4-5 days following the removal of a tooth. Most dry sockets are associated with removal of teeth in the lower jaw and patients describe a foul taste accompanied with varying degrees of discomfort. If you are experiencing problems postoperatively your dentist or surgeon can advise you if you have a dry socket and provide treatment. ...Read more

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How likely are you to get dry socket 4 days after a wisdom tooth removal?

Very likely: For most people who develope dry sockets after tooth removal...Appears after a few days following the event. It doesn't happen immediately. That pain a few days after extraction is probably a dry socket. To help yourself go back and see the doctor who will pack in a sedative material in the hole. It may work the first time or take many visits. It could be something else...So go. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

It varies: The gum tissues should heal over the socket in a week or two, but the older you are, the longer it will take. ...Read more

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I'm 2 hours after upper left wisdom tooth removal. What are chances of dry socket?

Very slim: The pain typically starts about 2-3 days after the tooth was extracted. Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell. The most important thing you can do to prevent a dry socket is follow the post operative instructions by your surgeon. ...Read more

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After having your wisdom tooth taken out, can you still smoke carefully and avoid dry socket?

After having your wisdom tooth taken out, can you still smoke carefully and avoid dry socket?

Not recommended: The National Health Service advice is to not smoke for at least 24-72 hours after any dental extraction, including the extraction of wisdom teeth. I always suggest to my patients who are smokers to take advantage of the fact that they had surgery in their mouths to quit smoking. I have convinced a few. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if i just had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday and i keep reading about dry socket. What is it?

Bad News: A dry socket or alveolar osteitis is most commonly associated with the removal of a tooth from the lower jaw, occurring usually during the first 2-5 days after surgery. A foul taste and throbbing pain are the usual complaints. Activities that cause the loss of the blood clot (smoking, excessive rinsing, drinking through a straw) should be avoided. Incidence may be between 5% - 10%. ...Read more

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Its been 135 hours since my wisdom tooth removal. What are the chances me met getting a dry socket? And can I eat anything i want like a burrito?

Its been 135 hours since my wisdom tooth removal. What are the chances me met getting a dry socket? And can I eat anything i want like a burrito?

Not likely now: The vast majority of dry sockets form sooner than 135 hours post-extraction. Unless you have compromised healing or clotting issues, you should be safe at this point. ...Read more

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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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Its been a week since I got my lower wisdom tooth removed. Can I eat spicy foods and what are my chances of getting a dry socket?

SpicyFoodOrSpicyLife: By now you should be in the clear. Start slowly and see how it goes. Back off if there's a problem. If it becomes increasingly painful then it may be a 'delayed' dry socket (rare) and you'll need to see your dentist. While waiting take Motrin and swish with milk. By the way, you've listed "gastritis" as a problem. so why the spicy food? ...Read more

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My sutures came out 5 days post wisdom tooth removed but there still look like a hole back there with white gooey stuff? Is this dry socket?

Infected socket: At 5-7 days a "hole"will be seen in your jawbone. It may be deep enough to trap food. When the clot is dislodged or lost, the bone becomes exposed and this is called alveolar osteitis or dry socket. This may be painful and begin on the second to fourth day and last more than 10 days. Bacteria colonizing in the socket can lead to inflammatory changes which can become infected. See Dr. right away. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom tooth pulled on my left bottom wed may 3 and I am still in pain. i went to the dent today and he said no infect or dry socket.

I had my wisdom tooth pulled on my left bottom  wed may 3 and I am still in pain. i went to the dent today and he said no infect or dry socket.

Normal post op: Your pain is fairly typical post surgery. The problem is that nowadays with the hysteria over opiate narcotics, and fear of addiction, surgeons, dentists and others, refrain from giving pain meds post procedures. You're a victim of that. Use ibuprofen at high doses 800mg every 4-6 hours for pain unless you start having bleeding in which case, return to your dentist. ...Read more