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Is this a dry socket? What should I do?

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Posted by: FerrazJr  (6 years ago)
I had a wisdom tooth extraction 3 days ago and I started to notice this weird taste (a bit salty, btw) followed by what appears to be a developing infection. I don't know if this is normal or to be expected after 3 days and if so what should I do? Currently I'm talking only painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs, no antibiotics whatsoever. Could be any other complications from this? The pain is like 5/10, it bothers me but it's not unbearable.
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I had a wisdom tooth extraction 3 days ago and I started to notice this weird taste (a bit salty, btw) followed by what appears to be a developing infection. I don't know if this is normal or to be expected after 3 days and if so what should I do? Currently I'm talking only painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs, no antibiotics whatsoever. Could be any other complications from this? The pain is like 5/10, it bothers me but it's not unbearable.

Pictures like this don't tell anything because dry sockets occur under the gums. Antibiotics don't do a thing to prevent or cure dry sockets. Most likely it is a dry socket, so return to the treating dentist for evaluation and probable packing of the socket with sterile gauze until the bone forms a callus.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: jimhassel  (6 years ago)
Dry socket is basically the inflammation of the jawbone caused after a tooth extraction. It is caused by bacterial, chemical, mechanical, and physiologic causes. Having pain killers can’t be pro long solution. You need to visit dentist. They will gently irrigate to clear the socket of food debris which will give instant relief.
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