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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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 »

Why do I have pus discharge and pain a week after extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a third molar or a wisdom tooth removed which was impacted, a week back. I had three stitches after the procedure. I have swelling and pain when I open my mouth. The pain is reducing every day. Today I noticed pus formation and with slight pressure, it came out. It was orangish-y...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, this condition is known as dry socket. All you need to do is visit any nearby dentist if possible and get this cleaned or washed properly. Maybe after extraction, you spitted something forcefully in 24 hours. This condition is normal. Drink a good amount of wat...  Read Full »

Will dislodgement of paste in the dry socket cause any problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I had all of my teeth pulled out 14 days ago. When I went to the doctor three days ago, the doctor kept dry socket paste and stitched it in two spots. Today morning when I used my medicated rinse, the paste was dislodged out of my socket as well as my stitches seemed to be very loose. I t...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Since you have a dry socket, you have to be extra precautious. The chance of paste coming out is infrequent. Please maintain good oral hygiene, and please do take antibiotics and analgesics properly. I suggest...  Read Full »

I am experiencing throbbing pain and have purplish-white bits in the extraction site. Is this a dry socket?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a tooth extracted yesterday, and today I am experiencing throbbing uncomfortable pain; it seems to be getting worse, and Paracetamol is not helping. Also, I noticed a purple color with a few white bits in the extracted site. Is this normal, or is this a dry socket? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is a dry socket that is caused due to disintegration of the clot. It is also associated with infection. I suggest you to take an X-ray and please contact your dentist for sedative dressing and update me on your drug allergy history so that...  Read Full »

I had my tooth extracted last week. Can you please tell me about the healing process?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old, and my weight is 60 Kg. I had a tooth extracted in the dental hospital last week. I want to know about the healing process. What is a dry socket?  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Dry socket is the term used for the failure of the extraction socket to heal, incomplete blood clot formation leading to continued bleeding, and foul smell from the mouth with sharp shooting pain. From the image attached (attachment removed ...  Read Full »

I developed a fever, pain, and swelling post wisdom tooth extraction. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a fever (37.5° celsius) after four days of wisdom teeth extraction. The swelling has increased, there is still a little pain, and I see white stuff with a black dot near the extraction site. Is everything fine for me? I took Ibuprofen for three and a half days, but I stopped it...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The white stuff is the blood clot and is normal. Do not touch the wound to allow proper healing and avoid infection. A warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week or two helps in fast healing. I suggest you consult a specialist and take the following medicines with t...  Read Full »

After my wisdom tooth extraction, I got the socket packed with eugenol, which has become loose and lifts with my tongue. Do I have a dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my furthest back molar on my bottom left side removed two days back, and on the following day, the clot had gone, and I booked an appointment to get it seen. I informed the doctor I had pain in the area, but I did not have any acute pain. I just wanted to get it sorted out becaus...  Read Full »


Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, after the extraction of a wisdom tooth, swelling, pain, and difficulty in opening the mouth are common. Healing depends upon the extraction procedure too, so if you are a smoker or have any habits, it can alter the healing process. Any activities like pullin...  Read Full »

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