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Wisdom tooth removed, have dry socket. One cotton ball accidentally fell into the socket. Concerning?

I recently had my bottom right wisdom tooth removed... I have dry socket. I bought the Red Cross Toothache kit with the Eugenol stuff and the little cotton balls. One of the cotton balls FELL INTO the dry socket hole... Is this something I should be concerned about? I can t afford another trip to the Dentist , & I don t have transportation at the moment either. I ve tried removing it with tweezers, suction things, salt water... I can t find it!!!
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Dry socket presents with inflammation in the bone which doesnot allow the socket to heal caused due to dislogdment of the blood clot formed after extraction . Treatment advised for dry socket is irrigation of the socket with betadine solution followed by zinc oxide eugenol pack dressing placed with gauze on the extracted socket. This is followed by a course of antibiotic and analgesic and the patient is advised to keep the socket clean not allowing any foodlogdment .
Hope this information helps you.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Not necessarily is the dentist available when the pain due to dry socket appears. So, here we are with some home remedies to help you out:
Warm Saline Rinses: Use syringe with warm salt water to clean the wound gently.
Olive Oil Application: Cotton soaked with olive oil can be applied over the socket. It promotes healing and gets you away with the pain. Take care while applying as it may be irritating to the other soft tissues. Avoid excessive use of oil as it may prolong the healing process
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome,
Dry socket is the extreme painful condition where the alveolar bone is inflammed and exposed to oral environment due to dislodgement of blood clot post extraction . This can be treated by flushing the extraction socket with an antiseptic mouth wash like betadine or chlorhexidine to remove all the infected debris, food particles or other remnants. fresh blood is then induced in the socket .
Extraction socket is then packed with a dressing of zinc oxide eugenol pack or gauze which is replaced in position every 2 days till the symptoms of subside.
This all is done professionally by a dentist, so i suggest you to visit a dentist for clinical examination.
Mean time you can try the above process at home by keeping the socket clean by mouth rinsing and application of pack. you can start with antibiotic and analgesic course.
take care
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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