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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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 »

What causes a painful lump in the gums after molar extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 65-year-old woman. 10 days ago, I had molar 46 removed because of radicular caries. In the alveoli, the gum's buccal side is hard and forms a kind of lump that almost bridges the alveoli. On the jaw side, I feel a small hard lump under the skin, tender to the touch, but that ma...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. It looks like because of too many antibiotics, you have got an antibioma. It is a hard swelling like condition because of overuse of antibiotics. Please upload a picture and provide some history, like...  Read Full »

Is it normal for the extraction site to look yellowish black?

Query: Hi doctor,I extracted a tooth before six days and there is space in that place now. But I have yellow black stuff under it. Is it normal? It does not hurt me but it makes me worried.   Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the image and history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The extracted site is not healed properly and it gives a yellow appearance to the area due to food lodgment and there is an absence of blood clot. You have a dry socket. You can ...  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 dry socket. The pain with the packing w...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dry socket is one of the complications of tooth extraction. If the dry socket occurs, then it takes 7 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, avoid alcohol,...  Read Full »

Can dry socket occur due to smoking?

Query: Hello doctor,Is it normal for the tooth extraction healing process to exceed one week? Specifically, rawness accompanied by dull pain. I am a smoker and concerned whether dry socket can occur due smoking on day six after the procedure.  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Normal complete healing of an extracted tooth socket will definitely take up to two weeks. As you have asked, the rawness and dull pain would be there in the first week. Also, dry socket can occur within the first three days of extraction and not anytime later. It happe...  Read Full »

Having pain in the region where my tooth was removed. Can you suggest some temporary relief?

Query: Hello doctor,I took off my first molar teeth due to careless RCT before a week. And for the past two days, I am having severe pain in the whole region from where the tooth has been removed. Especially it pains after evening time. Can you please tell me any treatment that I can perform now for tempor...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is possibly due to dry socket or presence of root fragment left behind in the socket. You can take fresh radiograph fresh and send it with a photograph of the socket to confirm whether it is due to dry socket or root tip. Kindly consult your doctor to discuss a...  Read Full »

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