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Is this a dry socket?

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Posted by: onetime  (10 years ago)
Hello,

I had all my four wisdom teeth extracted about a week ago. I do not feel any pain now. I can already close my mouth and chew my food. However, at the back, on the part where the holes are, it is so sensitive that it is hard to chew. I am afraid I'll puncture them. Is this normal?

One more thing, I noticed that all the stitches were gone. I'm guessing it's pretty normal. I can see a big slit but there is no blood clot. There's just a bad taste when I rinse. I do not know what dry socket looks like but I've heard that it hurt so bad. When I see the slit in my mouth, I only see a little white thing but no blood clot at all. Do any of you know if this could be dry socket?

Thank you in advance!
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Posted by: Ciindy  (10 years ago)
If you had a dry socket you would be in pain. Dry socket, Osteitis, is infection of the socket after extraction and happens when the blood clot is disturbed after an extraction. It rarely happens when stitches are placed.

It's normal to be sore at the extraction sites for a couple weeks and for the area to be reddish pink but not an angry red. The smell is probably from food in the sockets. it wouldn't hurt for you to call the office who did the extractions and have them take a post op look just to be safe.
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Posted by: sweetsmile  (10 years ago)
It does not sound like it's a dry socket. If you have a dry socket, you'll feel terrible pain, which will not go away even with painkillers. The bad taste is only a build up of bacteria. You only have to brush it thoroughly. You can rinse
with warm water with salt.
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Posted by: truce23  (10 years ago)
Dry socket happens when a blood clot does not form or is removed from the socket of the extraction site. It leaves the socket open thus, exposing the nerves. It is very painful which can last up to six days. If it bothers you though, have your dentist check it to be safe.
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Posted by: thedrummer  (9 years ago)
Hello,

It sounds like you're okay. Dry socket gives you severe pain due to the loss of blood clot. When blood clot is dislodged from the extraction site, the bone is exposed. Have a trip to your dentist for a post extraction check just in case.
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