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Had wisdom teeth extracted. Any chances of getting dry socket?

I got my right lower and upper wisdom teeth extracted 2 days ago. Bleeding stopped a couple of hours after the surgery. I was holding firm on the cotton placed on the extraction site. Took the med courses and i was fine the next day morning. No bleeding. 24 hours later i started salt water rinsing ( a gentle rinse). Its already 48 hours after my surgery. Experiencing no pain/bleeding. I would like to know whether there are any chances of getting dry socket.
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
dear friend.

thanks for sharing your concern.

you are doing absolutely fine according to the history given.

donot worry at will be fine.wound will also heal soon as you are taking desired care.

dry socket is not a common phenomenon post extraction.

but it is a post extraction complication. so the patient is always made aware about that so that in case of any emergency dentist can be approached.

you are doing good.

no need to worry do not do forceful rinsing of mouth for next two to three days.

do warm saline rinse gently. sometimes this causes clot disintegration and leads to dry socket.

you need to visit dentist only when you are finding something wrong like pain bleeding infection etc

hopes this helps

Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,
Dry socket is the extremely painful condition caused due to dislodgement of the blood clot from the extraction socket.
This exposes the socket bone to the oral environment leading to inflammation also known as alveolar osteitis. food lodgement and improper oral hygiene may also lead to super infection in the extraction area.
dry scoket is seen mostly after 2 to 3 days post extraction.
As you have mentioned its been 48 hours and you have no symptoms of pain and bleeding ,then its a good sign of the wound healing.
Maintain good oral hygiene by using mouth rinses nad do no hurt the area by applying toothbrush.consult a dentist if pain persists in next 2 days which indicates infection otherwise no need to worry.
take care.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

Its normal to experience some pain for the following 2-3 days after the extraction.However if after 3 to 5 days after the extraction the pain continues its a great possibility you are experiencing "dry socket"

Vigorous rinsing, spitting sucking through a straw and smoking as these may increase the risk of developing a dry socket.

listen to your doctor and follow their post op instructions.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Dry Socket is also one of the most common complications of wisdom tooth extraction. It is a very painful condition. In dry socket condition the pain is acute and it does not subside even after taking pain killer tablets and to complicate further food gets impacted in the socket. It happens when the blood clot formed over the extraction site gets dislodged or does not form or falls of prematurely. Dry Socket is not an infection rather it is a condition. This happens when the post extraction instructions given by the dentist are not followed by the patient. Smoking, drinking with straw, sucking, spitting or blowing nose dislodges the clot. Females taking contraceptives have higher risk of getting dry socket due to the high level of estrogen. Further sometimes sneezing, musical instruments played with mouth also can disturb the clot due to change in pressure in the mouth. In the cases where the patients are smokers or in the case of complicated extractions involving lot of effort on the part of dentist for cutting the bone or in the case of patients having previous history of dry socket, the chances of their having dry socket are higher than others. When all the symptoms are present and the patient suspects of having dry socket then he should contact the dentist. The dentist will clean the extraction socket and induce fresh bleeding for formation of clot. In case of infection, the antibiotics are prescribed along with pain killers.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
As you following the instructions of your doctor very good continue doing this so there will be very less chances of developing dry socket.
Classically this occurs as a postoperative complication of tooth extraction. This usually occurs where the blood clot fails to form or is lost from the socket
Dry socket is more likely to occur where there is a pre-existing infection in the mouth, such as necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis or chronic periodontitis
maintain good oral hygiene and do not use toothbrush at that site
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Tue, 5 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query.

You have done a molar extraction if pain becomes intense and doesnt go away after few days it may be a sign of dry socket .In this condition , blood clot gets dislodged and leave the bone and alveolar socket exposed to air .

You can take an non steriodal antiinflammatory drug such as ibuprofen to relieve the pain .

Your dentist can even clean the socket , remove the debris and place a dressing of zinc oxide eugenol to promote healing .You probably have to come back to dentist periodically to change the dressing .

At home you maintain a good oral hygiene .
Rinse the mouth with saline water gargles.

Use 0.2% of chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice daily.

You are experiencing no pain then it is a good sign of wound healing .

Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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