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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Can clot dislodgement after three days of extraction cause dry socket?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tooth extraction a week back and three days later, the clot came out of the tooth. Now I am not in any pain. I get the occasional tingle or slight pain but I am terrified of getting dry socket. I am rinsing with salt water every half an hour or so. Should I be worried about it...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your chief complaint suggests that you started slight pain or tingling after two days of extraction, it can be due to trauma during extraction, exposure of bone by not suturing it, if needed, psychological feeling of pain due to fear of getting dry socket, may be ...  Read Full »

Got my wisdom teeth out. It is now paining a lot and also have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it due to infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my wisdom teeth out two weeks back. It is now paining a lot, and I also have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it due to infection?  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sadly, Yes! Your history is giving symptoms of post-operative infection. If the pain is sharp just at the socket point, then clean this area thoroughly and start saline water mouth rinses at least 8 times a day for 2 weeks. This is best for the fast healing of the wound...  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 ...  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 »

Is dry socket a complication after tooth extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, It has been five days since I got my wisdom tooth pulled out. The extraction took around 45 minutes for that one tooth, and they had to break it into three pieces. The wisdom tooth was impacted. My dentist packed the socket but said that I might have a dry socket. The pain with the pac...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A dry socket is one of the complications of tooth extraction. If the dry socket occurs, it takes seven to 10 days to heal. Do lukewarm saline mouth rinse for three to four days. And continue the medication as advised. Increase protein intake in your diet, avo...  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 antibiotics course, so the dentist again prescribed a five-day antibiotic course. A week went by with no pain, and then the pain re-o...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

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 the lower right side, then go for scaling. I...  Read Full »

After 36 hours of molar extraction, my socket has turned white with bad smell. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I got my molar extracted. It has been over 36 hours. The socket is turning white in color now, and I have a bad taste and smell in my mouth. Is it infection or just normal healing? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and the files attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Certain people will have a dry socket after extraction. It is normal nowadays, no need to worry. A dry socket is a complication that develops after extract...  Read Full »

Does shooting pain last for more than eight weeks in a dry socket?

Query: Hi doctor, I get intermittent shooting pain in my lower jaw right-hand side. It only started after two teeth extractions and a dry socket. The pain comes suddenly and lasts for few seconds without any pattern. Sometimes I get a few one after the other, and other times it is just one shooting pain. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com As you already have a history of a dry socket and extracted teeth, your sharp shooting pain should have subsided long back technically. A dry socket usually creates dull throbbing pain. You do not need to worry. It might not be a TMJ (tempro-mandibular joint) disorde...  Read Full »

Why do I have difficulty opening my mouth after wisdom tooth removal?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight days ago, my top right wisdom tooth was removed. Now, I am struggling to open my mouth or jaw. I can talk, but eating is difficult. When I went back to the dentist, he said there was a little hole in the extraction site and filled it with a paste. He also gave me antibiotics. The pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There may be a problem with the socket itself, which has not healed properly. If you cannot eat, then it is not a good sign. You need to ask your doctor to take an x-ray of the socket once. Also, there may be chances that the anesthesia is still working in the mouth ...  Read Full »

Does dry socket result in a foul taste?

Query: Hi doctor,It has been five days since I got dry socket treatment. Though the pain is coming down, there has been a real bad taste in my mouth for the last few days, and it does not seem to be getting better. Can you please tell me if this is expected?  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry. Usually, it takes time for a dry socket to heal, maybe around one to two weeks, so it is expected to take more time and have a different taste. If prescribed, I suggest you take the medications and do warm saline rinses six-hourly a day for seven days....  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I have removed my wisdom tooth before five days. I am unable to tolerate the pain and so I consulted the doctor again. He placed a gauze soaked in clove oil in the holes of the wisdom tooth. It tastes horrible and burns a lot. It makes my stomach sick. Is it good to take the gauze out?  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After doing an extraction, vigorous rinsing of the mouth should be avoided. Only warm saline gargling is advised after 24 hours. If it is not followed, the clot formed at the extracted site gets dislodged and it exposes the bones. Food gets accumulated and it adds up to...  Read Full »

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