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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


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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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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

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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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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?

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

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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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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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