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Posted by: leah.nicole.3158  (6 years ago)
i got my wisdom teeth out last thursday and all the other holes are healed more than this one, it hurts alot more than the other 3, could it be a dry socket,what should i do?

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i got my wisdom teeth out last thursday and all the other holes are healed more than this one, it hurts alot more than the other 3, could it be a dry socket,what should i do?



Dry sockets usually hurt quite a lot. It could be a mild dry socket. Or it could be that this particular extraction was more difficult than the others, so this extraction site is more sore. Only a visit to the treating dentist can tell for sure.
Posted 6 years ago
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Dry sockets are indeed painful! Only a very small percentage (about 2% to 5% of people) develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. In those who have it, though, dry socket can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, it's easily treatable.
You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these over-the-counter medications aren't enough to relieve the pain. When that's the case, your doctor may prescribe a stronger drug or will anesthetize the area
Your dentist will clean the tooth socket, removing any debris from the hole, and then fill the socket with a medicated dressing or a special paste to promote healing. You'll probably have to come back to the dentist's office every day for a dressing change until the socket starts to heal and your pain lessens.

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent the socket from becoming infected. To care for the dry socket at home, your dentist may recommend that you rinse with salt water or a special mouthwash every day.

Regards:
Andrea~
Dr. Wregler~
Evergreen Family Dental
http://evergreenfamilydental.com/
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