Dry Socket

Dry socket, otherwise called alveolar osteitis, is an extremely painful complication of extraction. The socket from where the tooth is extracted usually contains the blood clot, which helps in healing. But in this condition, the blood clot dislodges and exposes the underlying bone and nerves.

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What is the painful white blister around the extraction site?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tooth extraction done nine days ago top left #14 and my gums are still swollen. It looks like a white blister around the extraction site. My dentist will not listen to me and the pain I am in. Is it something I should worry about? It is causing pain too.  Read Full »

Dr. Vijeta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your swollen gum and white blister on extraction site can be a canker sore (small and shallow ulcer) which can be treated with medicine and oral hygiene. This could have happened due to improper oral hygiene and using some pointed object (toothpick, etc.) to the extr...  Read Full »

There is a white bone on the inner side of my extraction site, a yellowish-white coating on my tongue, and bad breath after extraction. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I got my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago. One side of the extraction site is not stitched and is quite deep. And also, there is a white bone or something inside the hole. Is that normal? My gum near the extraction site is white. Are white gums normal? My tongue has a yellowish or whi...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, Seeing a whitish blood clot inside the wisdom tooth socket is normal. Please do not touch the area, and allow it to heal. I advise you to do a warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. Currently, the chances of getting a dry socket are very ...  Read Full »

How to brush after removing a tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, How to brush after removing a tooth? Two days ago I got it done. How to know if I have a dry socket and what are the ways to prevent it?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhavika Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Keep usual brushing habit after the removal of your teeth. No need to worry about brushing habit. Use mouthwash twice a day after brushing your teeth. Take care of the wound, like after taking any food make sure that you gargle your mouth with lukewarm water. Do not ...  Read Full »

I extracted my teeth a week ago, and it still pain even after taking medications. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I extracted my teeth a week ago. But I am still in pain from that teeth extraction though I am taking medicine. There is bad blood coming from that area. What is causing the problem, and in how many days will it will get resolved?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the wound is not healed due to the loss of blood clot from the extraction site and gets infected, it may cause intense pain and a bad smell. This condition is called dry socket condition. You will have to use warm salt water gargle three times a day and also tak...  Read Full »

My extraction site felt filled with blood after my tooth was extracted. Do I have a dry socket?

Query: Hi doctor, I got my tooth (number four) extracted. The extraction site is not really in that much pain, and better than the pain was before while the tooth was in there. However, it is now a hole, and not a clot like a dentist said it would be. The dissolvable stitches that he placed in my mouth als...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. Yes, it looks like the dry socket. To get confirmation from my side, you need to upload a picture of your healing socket taken in normal light. Also, please provide the answer to my following questio...  Read Full »

I took antibiotics for my dry socket three weeks back but still have pain and lymph node swelling. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a dry socket six weeks back and had a socket scrape and took antibiotics three weeks back. But I have severe pain in the jaws and lower front teeth. In addition, I noticed swollen lymph nodes and glands in the same areas and around the back of the ear. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Plessy Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. First of all, the diagnosis of a dry socket should be made by a dental professional. Then, proper debridement of the area with curettage should be done with a proper antibiotic course to treat it. I hope this helps. T...  Read Full »

I smoked after getting my wisdom tooth removed. Do my symptoms of bad breath and unpleasant taste indicate a dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, Last week, I had a wisdom tooth removal surgery on the right side of my jaw. The first day I bled for about five hours and changed my gauze each hour till I went to sleep. It stopped bleeding during sleep, and everything was normal. I ate soft food after my tooth surgery. I am concerne...  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your history does tend to indicate dry socket condition. Smoking should be avoided post-surgery for at least four days to a week. The symptoms you have listed in...  Read Full »

I got both of my lower wisdom teeth extracted, and the extraction site on the left side is not healing. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed and another unerupted wisdom tooth removed from the lower jaw. The one on my right healed fine. The other had recurring infections. Finally, the left one was lavaged, and a piece of necrosed tooth fragment came out. Since then, I have felt the si...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. You are not supposed to touch the extraction site with any foreign objects. The yellow wax thing is the natural blood clot required for proper healing of the wound. Now, most probably, the socket may get infected and resul...  Read Full »

I can see new tissue forming at the extraction site, and the blood clot dislodged after extraction. Is it a sign of a dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, My wisdom tooth and two other teeth were extracted a few days ago. The clot has got dislodged. No incision was required during the procedure, and I do not even need pain relievers. However, I can see new tissue forming and wanted to know if I have a dry socket. I followed all the post-...  Read Full »

Dr. Amir Shafi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Getting three teeth removed at a young age is not good. A dentist will never advise you to smoke, but if everything is alright, you can smoke one or two times per day for at least a week if you do not want any further complications. The pain from a dry socket usually...  Read Full »

I got my dry sockets packed twice already, then why is the pain not going down?

Query: Hi doctor, I had four teeth extracted a week ago, two on top and two on the bottom. I did not get numb at all, so I felt it all. I was diagnosed with a dry socket on the bottom. The dentist that I went to packed it twice now, after 4 to 5 days. As the extracted teeth were adjacent teeth, so when he ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. Dry socket after extraction is caused due to the blood clot getting dislodged from the extraction socket. So ideally, the dry socket should be curetted, which means it should be cleaned and irrigated with medicine, and an obtundent dr...  Read Full »

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