I developed dry socket after having one of my back (not wisdom) teeth removed. I've been going in and getting irrigated and dry socket paste every couple of days. Today after I left the dentist my socket started oozing white mucousy stuff (pus?) in and around the dry socket paste. If I press on it the pus just oozes out. Is this an infection? I am already on Amoxicilllin. Should I try to get back in to the dentist right away, or will it resolve itself?

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  • Nicola

    Nicola 07 - September - 2012, at 05:03 AM

  • I think you should call dentist. A dentist can clean the socket, and can also apply a dressing to the area. This may have to be changed each day until the infection subsides. At home, you can help by rinsing with a mouthwash on a regular basis. More about dry socket read here: http://medicalsymptomssearch.net/dry-socket-symptoms-causes-and-treatment/

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 05 - September - 2012, at 23:57 PM

  • You should get the dressing done again till the healing is there as in dry socket the pain is there because the blood clot which promotes healing after the extraction is dislodged. So the dressing is given basically to cover the exposed bone which otherwise should be covered with the clot. If the dressing comes out  then the dry socket pain can again start. It takes about 2 - 3 weeks for the dry socket to get completely healed. Also,gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water or other medicated mouth rinses such as 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate 3 times daily for 14 days as they reduce pain and swelling and they also have antibacterial properties.

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