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Wisdom Tooth Dry Socket Symptoms
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
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
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
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
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
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
How many days after a wisdom tooth exctraction (all 4) am I at risk to develop dry socket? Its been 5 days and I want to lift weights again.
No Problem: Remember to start light, add reps and recondition before going for the big lifts. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I had my top wisdom tooth extracted (not impacted & no stitches). It's been 5 days, can I stop worrying about dry socket now?
Yes: But continue to follow the post surgical instructions provided to yo by the treating Dentistmor Oral Surgical Specialist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I got a wisdom tooth out two days ago. Now, there's a weird looking glob of greenish-gray stuff in the extraction site. Is this normal, or dry socket?
Wisdom tooth healing: There is a blood clot the is over the extraction site and this is part of the healing process. You do not have a dry socket. A dry socket happens when the blood clot is lost and this is a very painful condition. Follow the post op instructions given by the extracting dentist. If you have concerns about your healing please call them and they will answer your concerns and questions. ...Read more
Cant: You may not be able to, but a dental professional can. ...Read more
I got a wisdom tooth pulled 3 days ago and the scab is gone is this OK will I still get dry socket?
If you get a dry socket, they usually occur within 1-2 days after an extraction, and are very painful. Make sure you follow the post-op instructions given to you by the surgeon and keep the surgical site clean.
You might want to call the surgeon to see if they want to examine the surgical site before your next scheduled appt. ...Read more
Hello. Friday I had a wisdom tooth pulled that turned into a dry socket. I saw the dentist this morning but didn't ask how soon could iI eat?
OK to eat, but: Use soft foods and do not disturb the extraction site. ...Read more
Had uper molar extracted Tuesday on left side right in front of wisdom tooth, it is now Saturday what are the chances of developing dry socket now?
Very Slim to None: The tissue surrounding that socket has started to mature and to migrate to close the wound. Unless you really disturbed the area mechanically, you are pretty much past the time of dry socket. ...Read more
Had my lower right 3rd wisdom tooth extracted 10/18/13. Developed dry socket. Dentist treating since 10/22. Still not 100%. When will I heal? No infec
I had my left lower wisdom tooth pulled two days ago. The clot seems to have disappeared but I have no pain. Is a dry socket in my future in next few days? What can I do now to prevent dry socket?
Dry socket: No smoking, no spitting. Irrigate with saline. Not likely to develop into dry socket. ...Read more
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
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