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What is dry socket?


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2009-08-16 07:02:14
2009-08-16 07:02:14

Dry socket is a layman's term for alveolar osteitis. The alveolus is the part of the jawbone that supports the teeth, and osteitis means simply "bone inflammation". It is a post-operative complication of tooth extraction. It occurs when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site is prematurely lost or disrupted or doesn't form correctly and hence there is a delay in the normal healing process. Alveolar osteitis is a painful phenomenon that most commonly occurs a few days following the removal of mandibular teeth.(usually third molar) To avoid this, do not smoke or use contraceptives (oral contraceptive extractions should be performed during days 23 through 28 of the tablet cycle), don't drink through a straw, dont spit or rinse too much, and maintain good oral hygiene and keep the area clean with a soft tooth brush. Return to your dentist if you have a bad taste or smell in your mouth. I think that's about it. Hope it helps.


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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.

An untreated dry socket can lead to infection.

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

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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.

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.

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.

In average a dry socket happens 4 days after an extraction. It rarely happens after a week.

Dry sockets occur when a tooth has been extracted. Without the extraction, there is no socket.

In most cases, the danger of getting a dry socket has passed in about two weeks. It all depends on how fast the soft tissue in you mouth heals. Once the socket is complete covered in a layer of gum tissue, it is no longer possible to get 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. http://www.intelligentdental.com/2010/05/29/common-inflammatory-disease-of-the-jaw-bone/

It can take several days for a dry socket to close completely. You will have to go to the dentist every day until it heals to have the socket packed with a medicated dressing.

Dry socket is created by the act of sucking so even if you suck too hard on a straw there is a chance you will get it.

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

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.

Yes, it is possible to get a dry socket 6 or 7 days following an extraction.

its painfull swollen reddish and you can see the hole (socket) open fully or partly.

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.

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!

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.

A dry socket is extremely painful and the only way to get rid of it is to go back to the dentist. Your dentist will clean the socket and pack the open area with a medicated dressing and you will have to go in every day until it is healed.

Usually a dry socket may occur around the fourth day after dental extraction. Even though extremely uncommon, a dry socket can occur at any time while the gum is still healing, which normally takes up to 2 months.

Yes you will get a dry socket you should wait about a week to a week and a half before you smoke

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