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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How long does it take for a dry socket to heal completely?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 years old. I recently had a tooth extraction due to bad oral hygiene problems. I got dry socket not too long after which got sorted out with medicated dressing. That dressing fell out after three days and I was left with a gap that I am rinsing with salt water three times a da...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and also the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First and foremost avoid clove oil in any case, it would burn the soft mucosa and complicate the issue leading to soreness. As a specialist, I also looked for t...  Read Full »

Is root canal the correct treatment option for an infected tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my lower right side first molar extraction about a month ago. My dentist prescribed a course of antibiotics. The pain persisted after I finished the course of antibiotics and so the dentist again prescribed a five day antibiotic course. A week went by with no pain and then the pain ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding to dental health. First of all, I would like to suggest you go for a clinical examination of an affected area. If there is a¬†presence of plaque or calculus near the second molar of lower right side, then go for scaling. If there is...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my back right wisdom tooth removed today. How often do people get dry socket? How long until I will know I have it? Is there any way to check if the blood clot is missing?  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As a specialist in third molar extraction, I will guide you through. See what happens not only third molar, any tooth extraction carry the risk of a dry socket. It is nothing serious just unhealed extraction site. Upon extraction healing takes places by the blood...  Read Full »

Why was a gauze soaked in clove oil placed on the site of wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: I got my wisdom teeth removed 5 days ago , I ran out of my medicine and my mouth in severe pain so I went to place again and got gauze soaked in colver oil put into the holes of my wisdom teeth, the taste is horrible and burns and is making me sick to my stomach , I’m wondering if I can just t...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello , Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your personal Dentist - I went through your query and am deeply sorry for your inconvinience and you have been uncomfortable for these may days. As an Expert I understood exactly what happened, after an extraction we warn the patient of not rinsing vigorously o...  Read Full »

How to get rid of metallic taste in mouth post wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I just got all four of my wisdom teeth removed two days before and I have a bad taste in my mouth that tastes like sour dough but more like metallic. There is not really any pain there, my jaw is just sore from being held open for about an hour but the taste has been happening for about...  Read Full »


Dr. Akmal Abdelmalek

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very strange that you have all your wisdom teeth removed at the age of 14. These teeth normally start to erupt or come through at the age of 18 years or later when they start to cause trouble and we think of getting them out. Anyway, if you had all the four rem...  Read Full »

I am having severe pain in tooth, jaw and ear after extraction. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a root canal done three months ago on tooth 19. I have not had a crown done yet due to financial reasons. I went to a new dentist for tooth pain in that area and he said he could not help me because the x-rays showed the root canal was not finished. I called my endodontist back...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details and also saw the x-ray you have attached. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Tooth number 19 seems to have a good apical seal in the root fillings. The first dentist was right in saying that th...  Read Full »

My wisdom tooth blood clot came out. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, Before eight hours, I got my wisdom tooth out. My mouth was filled with blood. Just 30 minutes ago, a small piece like a blood clot came out of my bottom right socket. When I look at my holes in the mirror, they are all filled with dark blood. Can I get a dry socket? Should I need to go b...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Dentist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your socket is filled with blood, there is nothing to worry much. Regarding this socket, I cannot assure you without seeing the image. Maintain your oral hygiene and follow the instructions given by your dentist. Do warm salt water gargling after a day and for the...  Read Full »

I feel pain and swelling in the tooth extracted area. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, 4 days ago, I got four teeth removed, but it was more like 8 because my teeth were broken and at gum level. Since then, I noticed what seems like a slither of tooth appearance. Then, as of yesterday a big what looks to be tooth has suddenly surfaced and it is swollen around that area ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have to take the painkiller three times a day for five days atleast. The pain will be there for first three to four days, and the wound will appear like yellowish-white color. It is normal, so do not touch the area at all and avoid brushing in the area also. If t...  Read Full »

When should I remove the guaze piece after wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my wisdom tooth extracted. It has been 10 hours since the tooth had been take out. How long should I keep my gauze in? I have read articles on recovery, and it says a lot of reference to "dry socket," which I am trying to avoid.  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The gauze piece can be generally removed after one to two hours, provided everything is normal. Otherwise, you can change the gauze piece, along with the medication on it, and you can put fresh cotton. I do not know what your dentist had suggested to you. But I would s...  Read Full »

What is the recovery time after the removal of horizontally impacted wisdom tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old and had my lower wisdom tooth removed eight days ago. They were horizontally impacted. My question is why am I still in pain? I do not have pain in my extraction site. The pain is in the hinges of my jaw and down in my jaw bone. My extraction site looks fine, pink hea...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This type of extraction (lower wisdom tooth) is difficult and usually takes at least two weeks of healing time. It can be painful till then due to removal of some bone from the sides of the impacted wisdom teeth. Think as if you had a fracture in that area; fractures u...  Read Full »

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