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HomeAnswersDentistrydry socketIf there is no trace of blood in the socket, does it mean a dry socket?

What are the various methods of preventing a dry socket?

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Published At May 19, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 26, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I would like to know the answers of the below questions.

  1. If there is no trace of blood in the socket, does it mean a dry socket?
  2. Does inhaling through mouth cause dry socket?
  3. What is the normal look of blood clot in socket?
  4. What are the measures to prevent dry socket?
  5. Does drinking a lot of water cause dry socket?
  6. How to maintain the blood clot in socket?
Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The inner aspect of the tooth socket looks yellowish in color. Post extraction, do not rinse your mouth many times for two days, and do not touch the wound with a brush or tongue. If there is pain or a foul smell, it may be a dry socket. Usually, the dry socket starts during the fourth day of the extraction. Otherwise, the wound is adequately healed.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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