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I currently have a dry socket, but cannot see the bone. My dentist told me there are varying "degrees" of dry socket. Some people can see the bone, and so they have the worst type of dry socket. Mine has a clot, but it is slightly dislodged, so it is still quite painful. I would like to add a new comment, however. Everyone seems to be saying that as soon as the medicated gauze is in place, the pain is relieved. This has not been my experience. When the dentist first placed the gauze in, I felt some relief and that lasted about 30 minutes or so. Then, the pain slowly came back and I am taking 600 mg of ibuprofen along with prescription pain medication in order to be comfortable. Maybe whatever my gauze is medicated with isn't as strong as some. Yes, you can see the bone and it tastes like infection and the pain is unbelievable. A dry socket looks like a hole in the gum and it appears to have a yellowish, white color. It tastes bitter, and it is so sore you can't touch your face with pounds of pressure on the gum. If you have these symptoms immediately go to dentist, he will fill hole with packing of clove oil and the pain will immediately stop. I went 10 days before returning to dentist. this is VERY dangerous and pointless. When you get a tooth pulled there should be no pain after the 3rd day. if you have pain, go to dentist. Your jaw will appear to have a small ping pong ball in it as well. I've currently got a dry socket, and, yes, I can see the bone. The dry socket occurred five days post-extraction. Until then, I was pain-free, and when I looked into the hole left by the removal of a lower wisdom tooth, it was pinkish-red. I assume that what I was seeing was the protective blood clot. Then, I started experiencing INTENSE pain. Fearing a dry socket, I decided to investigate. I grabbed a small flashlight, turned out the lights, and shone the light into the hole. It was no longer pinkish-red, but the pale white. I went to the oral surgeon a couple of hours later, and he verified that what I was seeing was exposed bone. If you think you have a dry socket, I encourage you to see your dentist or oral surgeon ASAP. They will pack the site with a very small piece of gauze soaked in a clove oil mixture. The whole procedure takes less than 5 minutes, will cost you around $35 (that's a Chicago price, though - could be high), and you will feel UNBELIEVABLY better in about 10 - 20 minutes.

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Q: What does a dry socket look like and can you see the bone?
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What does a dry socket look like?

It looks like a hole where your blood clot should have formed. Usually, a bit of white can be seen (this is the exposed bone). You will know if you have dry socket due to extreme pain from your mouth up to your ear in most instances and a very bad breath as a result from the empty socket.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket usually occurs when the extraction site of your tooth fails to form a clot and heal. When the clot dislodges, the socket will be dry and painful because there is no more clot covering the bone, hence the name dry socket.

As dry as a bone simile?

This means very dry/thirsty Give me a drink I'm as dry as a bone! Look at this firewood it's as dry as a bone.

What does the gum look like after having dry socket?

it won't look like much more than a tooth pulled out but it will hurt, a lot!

After a tooth extraction What does it mean if the socket turns white?

If the socket turns white after a tooth extraction, it means you have a dry socket. The white you are seeing is bone. After you have a tooth pulled, there is a socket or bone and sensitive nerves. Dry sockets occur when a blood clot either fails to form in the socket or it disintegrated. Dry sockets can lead to terrible pain and inflammation You should call your dentist right away if you have one!

What does a dislodged blood clot from an extraction site look like?

When an extraction from a dentist is performed, a common complication is dry socket. Dry socket is extremely painful and the gum where the blood clot originally was will appear white.

What is a dry pocket?

It is actually called "dry socket" it is when after a tooth is pulled a blood clot forms to protect the underling tissue . when you have dry socket the blood clot has been dislodged and the bone and nerve are exposed causing pain.

If you have a dry socket will you bleed?

In most cases, if you have a dry socket you will not bleed. If you have a dry socket, you need to go back to your dentist.

How does smoking cause dry socket?

sucking the cigarette (like a straw) is what causes the dry socket. just like a straw can cause dry socket, cigarettes basically do the same thing. it is recommended to wait 3-5 days to smoke a cigarette after getting your wisdom teeth pulled.

Can cold weather affect dry socket?

I not sure if it does but I have dry socket and tge cold on my cheek hurts and feels like it isn't getting warm when insude

What happens to an untreated dry socket?

An untreated dry socket can lead to infection.

Can you get dry socket if you have stiches?

yes it is possible to get dry socket even if you have stiches..

Is dry socket always painful?

yes a dry socket is very painful

My sockets don't hurt but are empty is that dry socket?


What is the meaning behind a dry socket?

Alveolar osteitis, or dry socket, occurs were a tooth extraction results in inflammation of the alveolar bone under and within the gums that is exposed as a result of an extraction without the formation of a blood clot in the space vacated.

When are you in the clear of dry socket?

A person will be in the clear of a dry socket after about 10 days. A dry socket can be avoided by not using a straw or smoking after getting a tooth pulled.

Wisdom teeth day 4 pain only on my left side. Do I have dry socket The pain is not terrible but feels the same What willd dry socket look like There is something whiteish over extraction site?

It is not necessarily dry socket. If the pain feels the same, chances are, that side is just healing slower. If the pain gets worse, or is still as bad tomorrow, see your dentist. Since you say it isn't terrible, the fact that only one side hurts does not indicate dry socket.

How do you know if you have dry socket?

AnswerThe symptoms of dry socket typically appear a few days following the extraction (removal) of a tooth. It is an excruciating and debilitating pain, which is a result of exposed nerves and inflamed bone where the tooth used to be. Usually, a blood clot fills the socket and insulates the nerves and bone from the outside environment. If the clot is lost prematurely, a dry socket can be the result. A dry socket needs to be diagnosed and treated by the dentist who extracted the tooth. This is a relatively routine complication, and it will be covered as part of normal follow-up care. Until you can see your dentist, you can get some temporary relief by applying a small amount of oil of cloves to a small cotton pellet and placing it on the extraction site.Personal Experience:When I had 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled when I was in my 20s I suffered from dry socket and the pain was out of this world. My mom phoned the dentist and he came to the office and took the stitches out, packed each socket and re closed it. I slept for 2 days! What happens sometimes is when they pull a tooth the root pulls away the thin layer covering the bone and the bone is exposed to air. Ouch!

How do you get dry sockets?

A dry socket is when the blood clot that forms to eventually fill the extraction hole becomes loose and exits the extraction hole. It is very painful since bone will now be where the blood clot just was. Air is very painful on the bone.

Can you get dry socket after 6 days?

Unfortunately, a person can get dry socket 6 days after a tooth extraction. Some ways to avoid a dry socket are not smoking and not using a straw.

Can dry socket occur more than a week after having a tooth pulled?

Usually a dry socket will occur when you have had a tooth pulled (wisdom teeth being pulled are notorious for this). A dry socket is when the dentist pulls the tooth and the tissue covering the bone below the gum comes away and the bone is exposed to air. It's extremely painful. If you have a dry socket you would know it. If you are having pain go back to your dentist and if you can't get an appointment right away then go to the ER if you are in a lot of pain. Advil is an excellent over-the-counter pain killer and we use it here in Canada. Even beats Tylenol 3.

How soon can you eat after having a dry socket treatment?

Eating after treatment of a dry socket when a tooth was pulled, is usually a matter of comfort. Try not to eat anything like nuts, that will lodge in the socket. You may want to stick to liquids or puddings for a day, to allow the dry socket time to heal, and so you won't be biting on a painful surface.

What does bone dry mean?

It just means very dry, dry as an old bone.

Can you get dry socket 10 days after a tooth extraction?

It is a bit unlikely to get dry socket 10 days after an extraction, but not impossible. Usually dry socket occurs 3-5 days after the extraction.

Do you have dry socket if you see a tiny spot of white from an extracted back tooth four days later with moderately severe pain?

Once you see can clearly see the bone, it is one obvious sign of dry socket. The first reaction is PAIN. If you can't stand the pain and it's intolerable, it's a likely case of dry socket. Dry sockets also cause very bad breath. See your dentist immediately if you are in pain.