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    Feb 15, 2017, 04:21 PM
    Concerned about dry socket
    I recently had my the top and bottom wisdom teeth extracted one the left side of my mouth and a couple hours after, I decided to change the piece of gauze I was told to clamp down on, so I slowly pulled out the gauze pad and when I looked I saw what looked like blood clot, maybe 1/3 of a pea size of dark black jelly stuff. I didn't know what to do so I called and they said changing the gauze every hour is okay. 2 hours and the clot dislodged, I haven't eaten or pulled on a straw or smoked I just commuted home and it just came out with the gauze pad.
    I'm hoping I'm right, can another blood clot form if a clamp down on some gauze for a few hours?
    I read it takes 3 days for dry socket pain to kick in but by then it'll be the weekend so can I ask my dentist to take a look and pack the hole tomorrow without looking high maintenance?
    I didn't smoke the day of and don't plan to unless this things has healed but I read it puts me at a higher risk, what should I do, will I get dry socket?
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    Feb 15, 2017, 05:42 PM
    Yes you will have dry socket. The clot is there to help heal and protect the delicate nerve endings left after the tooth is extracted. Forget about yourself and just call the dentist so he can repair the damage you have caused by removing the gauze. Any pain you will feel can be handled by an anti inflammatory OTC.
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    Feb 16, 2017, 09:00 AM
    'I called and they said changing the gauze every hour is okay.' What did they say this morning?
    You should be swishing gently with warm salted water frequently, plus every time you eat or drink anything but water.
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    Feb 16, 2017, 02:14 PM
    Unless you want a lot of pain and discomfort; and this is professional advice, go back to your dentist and have him re-pack the tooth. Rinsing your mouth with salt water is an excellent idea, but not swishing, which amounts to using a straw to drink water after a tooth extraction. Using salt water after an extraction should only be done gently by holding the salt water in your mouth and spitting out gently. Repeat another time.
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    Feb 16, 2017, 03:30 PM
    tickle, I had no idea that you are or ever were a professional in oral surgery. I happen to think that my oral surgeon's advice is more current with the times. And I said swishing gently, not sucking.
    You advised that he 'just call the dentist' when he had called the dentist. You also told him that he will have dry socket. You don't know that. And that he had 'damaged' the socket, and that the dentist would have to repair it. You don't know that either.
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    Feb 16, 2017, 06:11 PM
    They asked if was still oozing blood and it isn't then receptionist told me not to panic for today and to follow the instruction about a salt water rinse (to gently sip then tilt my head side to side so it gets everywhere and then let it dribble out, no spitting. The spit was a little rusty looking) and I did that. She kept saying if a took all the precautions and left the initial piece of gauze in for the recommended hour I shouldn't worry but I'm going to go in tomorrow and ask them to talk a look before I have to go through any pain or lose an time to getting a dry socket. I
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    Feb 17, 2017, 04:04 AM
    Joy, when the blood clot is lost in a tooth extraction, dry socket develops. The blood clot is there to help heal and protect the nerve endings left after the extraction. The pain comes from the nerve endings being exposed. I know this because I worked for an endodontist many years ago in his surgery. I you object to me using 'professional advice' then I am sorry. I have worn many 'hats' throughout the years, and most of them have been related to health care.
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    Feb 17, 2017, 04:09 AM
    a) dry socket is not a given
    b) much has CHANGED in oral surgery
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    Feb 17, 2017, 04:38 AM
    Dry socket complications are blown out of proportion anyway. It all depends on ones pain threshold.

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