After Extraction: The Dry Socket Quiz

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About This Quiz

You know you should brush and floss regularly, but when it comes to your oral health, what do you know about blood clots, exposed bone and a drinking straw? Go ahead -- test your wisdom about dry sockets here.

What is a tooth socket?

A socket is a hole in the jawbone where a tooth has been extracted.

What is a dry socket?

Dry socket is a condition where bone and nerves are exposed at the site of a tooth extraction. Sounds fun, right?

Which of the following is NOT a symptom of dry socket?

Nose bleeds are not a symptom of a dry socket infection. If you have a persistent nose bleed, seek help!

What percentage of patients will experience dry socket after a tooth extraction?

Roughly 5 percent of patients who undergo a tooth extraction will develop dry socket.

What is the most common reason a tooth might need to be extracted?

If a tooth is decayed or broken, your dentist may recommend an extraction. There are other causes, but these are the most common.

After a tooth is extracted, what forms in the socket?

A blood clot forms in the tooth socket to protect the exposed bone and nerves, while promoting bone and tissue healing.

Which hormone have scientists linked to an increased risk of developing dry socket?

Researchers have found that women who take oral contraceptive pills have an increased risk of developing dry socket during the days when their estrogen levels are high. Estrogen levels affect how well the blood clots.

Developing dry socket is more common after which type of tooth is extracted?

Dry socket risk increases when wisdom teeth are extracted.

True or false: Drinking through a straw while healing from a tooth extraction increases your risk of developing dry socket.

True. Drinking through a straw can dislodge the blood clot that has formed in the socket, exposing bone and nerves.

If you're developing dry socket, how soon after a tooth extraction would you begin to feel severe pain?

Pain after a tooth extraction should begin to lessen after the second day of healing. Pain that becomes severe one to three days after an extraction could indicate dry socket.

Which of the following is not typically a treatment for dry socket?

Scaling and root planing are treatments for periodontal disease, not dry socket.

True or false: Coughing or sneezing after a tooth extraction increases the odds of developing dry socket.

True. Coughing, sneezing, drinking through a straw and spitting can all up the odds of dislodging the blood clot from the socket.

How long does it take for dry socket to heal?

A dry socket may take up to two weeks to completely heal.

What are third molars also often called?

Third molars are also commonly called wisdom teeth. They are the last set of teeth to erupt, and usually make their appearance during adolescence or early adulthood.

In which type of tooth extraction is dry socket not typically seen?

Most occurrences of dry socket happen when the lower wisdom teeth are extracted and are typically not seen when primary teeth are extracted.

Which of the following are ways your dentist can try to prevent dry socket?

Both of these are treatments your dentist may use as ways to reduce the risk of dry socket. Your dentist may also pack the extraction site with medicated gauze as a preventative measure.

True or false: Having dry socket once makes you more susceptible for it in the future.

True. The risk factor for developing dry socket after a tooth extraction is greater for people who have had dry socket after previous extractions.

What is "dry socket" also known as?

The medical term for dry socket is alveolar osteitis.

If the pain caused by dry socket is not controlled by over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, your dentist may try which of the following?

A therapeutic nerve block may be used to treat local, acute pain.

Which of the following do researchers suspect may be an underlying cause of dry socket?

While the underlying cause is still unclear, researchers have found increased risk of dry socket related to both of these conditions.

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