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Can abscess drainage create a dry socket in your jaw?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Perhaps

Perhaps a role. A dry socket starts when the protective effect of a blood clot in the socket is lost.
An infection may prevent the clot from forming properly.

In brief: Perhaps

Perhaps a role. A dry socket starts when the protective effect of a blood clot in the socket is lost.
An infection may prevent the clot from forming properly.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: No

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.

In brief: No

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.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Dry socket results…

…from loss of the blood clot that normally forms after a tooth is extracted.
The clot acts like a scab protecting a wound to prevent food & bacteria from getting into the wound. It also stimulates bone growth & healing. If you think you have a dry socket, see your dentist/oral surgeon to have it attended to to prevent infection & pain.

In brief: Dry socket results…

…from loss of the blood clot that normally forms after a tooth is extracted.
The clot acts like a scab protecting a wound to prevent food & bacteria from getting into the wound. It also stimulates bone growth & healing. If you think you have a dry socket, see your dentist/oral surgeon to have it attended to to prevent infection & pain.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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