Signs & Symptoms of Dry Socket After Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Heal it at home

What are the early signs of dry socket?

Once the blood clot is dislodged from the extraction site, a dry socket forms and its earliest signs include 

The following are the symptoms of a dry socket:

  • sharp pain around the socket area, .severe pain that runs from the socket to the ear, eye or neck on the side you had an extraction.
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • total or partial loss of the blood clot from the surgical area
  • bad breath
  • A visible bone in the socket.

Can a dry socket heal on its own?

A dry socket is caused by the loss of blood clot at the extraction site. This can heal on its own if it’s taken care of by spraying the socket with salted water and cleaning it up with cool water.

Can you get dry socket five days after wisdom teeth extraction?

After the wisdom extraction, the risk of getting a dry socket is present until the extraction site is fully healed. The highest risk of getting dry socket is within the first two days. The healing of the extraction site which normally takes up to 10 days is the time you are 100% sure you won’t get a dry socket. Though its safe five days after the extraction, one should take precautions because depending on the surgical procedure, one can still get dry socket.

How long should you have to worry about dry socket?

The first two days are the most vulnerable for a dry socket to occur. After day two, the risk decreases but you should take precautions. By day five, the risks of getting a dry socket are minimal although you can get one due disturbance of the surgical site.

How long does it take for a dry socket to heal?

Dry socket can take between 7 to 10 days to heal. One should take precautions to prevent developing dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction.

Can dry socket go away on its own?

Dry socket can go away on its own only if it’s well cared for. Once dry socket forms, you should irrigate it with saline water, clean it with cool water and place gauze over it to accelerate healing.

How do you treat a dry socket at home?

When you develop a dry socket, you can treat it at home using the following methods:

  • Warm salty water- Salted water helps to prevent infection and remove any bacteria clogged in the socket.
  • Cold therapy on the affected cheek to reduce the pain caused by a dry socket.
  • Flushing the dry socket after every meal to remove any food lodged in the socket.

We have tried to address common concerns about dry sockets appearing after wisdom tooth extraction. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

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