I just got 2 wisdom teeth taken out along with another tooth 2 days ago. I'm a smoker and worried about dry socket. What are the 1st symptoms?

Smoking Kills. It seems as though you understand that there will be symptoms if you smoke. The answer to your question is to not smoke at this time. The body wants to heal itself, but a dry socket is evidence that you are getting in the way. Do not smoke until the doctor who removed your teeth says that your sockets have healed. Keep your mouth clean and rinse with warm salt water to promote proper healing!
Why ask? You already know that smoking will inhibit healing, increase chance of loss of clot from extraction site resulting in bone exposure, and suddenly you will be in extreme pain, but you continue to smoke anyway. There's no early warning system.
Painful dry socket. The symptom of dry socket is intense pain in an extraction site that has lost the blood clot. So it would look open and dry. If you are having a lot of pain or questions then you should call the dentist that did the extractions.
Don't smoke. Smoking will hinder healing. Follow post-op instructions or you may get dry sockets. It may occur anyways, but smoking increases the odds.

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I had my two upper wisdom teeth extracted and one of them has a clot, it's been a lil over three days now and worried I might be getting dry socket?

Pain ? Swelling ? Any symptoms ? If you're feeling fine then your wound(s) are most likely healing just fine. Dry socket complications are not that common, so don't loose any sleep. See your dentist if you are concerned. Read more...
Rare. Dry sockets are less common on the upper jaw. Usually a dry socket will see decreasing pain following the extraction for 2-3 days and then the pain intensifies. May have a foul taste and increased pain when lying down. See the dentist who did the extractions to treat the dry socket if that is the case. Read more...
It is possible. Pain, swelling or discomfort after 3-4 days could indicate a problem (e.g. dry socket). If you fear that something is not right then call your dentist for post-op evaluation. Read more...
Call the dentist who extracted. You should call the dentist who extracted your teeth You want to have a good blood clot in the socket so that would be normal Dry sockets usually occur when you don't get a good blood clot and is usually in mandibular teeth rather than the upper teeth and more frequent in smokers. Read more...

How common is dry socket after having a wisdom tooth extracted? I'm going to have two wisdom teeth out in a little over week, and have heard horror stories from friends about how they had dry socket. Is this common, and something I really need to worry ab

Hard . Hard to give you exact percentages, but it does happen from time to time. Basically, the blood clot that forms in the socket after the extraction somehow gets dislodged, leaving exposed bone. This can be treated over a week or two using a soothing ointment that is placed on gauze which is inserted into the socket (this is done by your dentist). A rule of thumb is do not rinse for 24 hours after the extractions. You can spit out gently if there is some blood, but you need to avoid disturbing the clot. No gargling with salt water or listerine. Sometimes, even if you don't rinse, you still get the dry socket. Read more...
The . The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for five or six days. Some people may be more likely to get dry socket after having a tooth pulled. That includes people who: smoke have poor oral hygiene have wisdom teeth pulled have greater than usual trauma during the tooth extraction surgery use birth control pills have a history of dry socket after having teeth pulled rinsing and spitting a lot or drinking through a straw after having a tooth extracted also can increase your risk of getting dry socket. Basically there is no one true answer to getting a dry socket but listen to your doctor and follow their post op instructions. Keep in mind even if you follow the instructions to a t, you still may get one. The chances are low. Good luck! Read more...
DRY . Dry sockets do not happen all the time most of the time recovery from wisdom tooth extraction is uneventful, the teeth are taken out, you are stitched up and you rinse with salt water for 5days and then you have your sitches out and you continue the salt water mouth rinse for another 10 days or so. If you are a smoker, and if you drink alcohol and if you are on the birth control pill, then you may be at risk of having a dry socket. A dry socket is when the bone lining the area where the tooth was taken out dies, and the body isolates the dead bone and sheds it fro the body. This can take a long time and is painful. The primary cause of dry sockets is the dislodging of the blood clot fro the socket from which the tooth was drawn. You should ask you oral surgeon to explain all the ins and out of this issue good luck dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. Read more...

I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted last friday and I'm a smoker. I was wondering if i'd be ok to smoke and not get dry socket? Or a safe way to smoke

Wait a bit longer. Most cases of dry socket occur on the lower jaw and happen 3 to 5 days after an extraction. It has only been 3 days so give it a few more if you can. This might actually be a good opportunity for you to quit if you are thinking about it. There really is no safe way to smoke cigarettes, even if you haven't had oral surgery. However e-cigs may currently be the safest alternative. Read more...
Smoking and healing. The answer is you smoke at your own peril. It greatly impairs healing, and the postoperative course is often stormy, but self inflicted. Unfortunately, the concern over "dry socket" is overblown--patients come away thinking it as an infection, which it isn't, and mismanaging it with "new" antibiotics and pain pills is the primary reason it often persists far longer than necessary. . Read more...

I had my two lower wisdom teeth removed 16 days ago. What are the chances for dry socket and infection at this point?

Dry socket. Dry sockets usually occur within 2-3 days of an extraction. After 16 days the sockets should have clotted and begun to heal. Unless you are having pain, swelling or drainage from the socket, they are not infected. If you are still having discomfort, you should check back with the surgeon. Read more...
Very little. Dry sockets usually occur in the first few days after surgery. If you are concerned, talk your questions over with the Surgeon that removed your wisdom teeth. That's part of his/her post-treatment responsibility. Read more...

What causes a dry socket after wisdom teeth? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth removed, and am worried about dry socket. What causes it? .

"Dry . "dry socket" refers to a condition where the blood clot that develops in the socket after a tooth extraction breaks down or is sucked out resulting in the exposure of the underlying bone. This this condition exposes the underlying nerves leading to extreme pain, death of the superficial layer of exposed bone and delayed healing. Pain medications are not capable of controlling the pain. Treatment, performed by the extracting dentist, consists of irrigating the socket out to remove debris and placing a sedative dressing. This procedure is repeated over the next several days. Patients at high risk include smokers who inhale the hot caustic gases. Trying to smoke with gauze in the mouth does not prevent dry sockets. Though second hand smoke has been documented to have a detrimental effect on your health it will not in and of itself cause a dry socket. Read more...
Difficult extraction. Excessive trauma is thought to be the main cause. Very difficult impactions are best handled by an oral surgeon to maximize skill and minimize post op complications. However dry sockets do occur from time to time. Read more...

Just got my four wisdom teeth removed and the bottom two were impacted how long until I'm safe from dry socket and eating normally again? No sutures.

Dry socket. A dry socket usually presents about two to three days after the extraction, with extreme pain when it wasn't that bad previously. By 4-5 days you should be pretty confident everything is healing well. Check with your own dentist if you have any questions. Read more...