Is this a dry socket? Impacted wisdom tooth extraction


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Hello so I got my impacted wisdom tooth removed about 5-6 days ago, and the area has healed nicely but I can’t help but notice a deep black hole. I’m worried it could be a dry socket bc I started using a straw yesterday. I did a salt water rinse and there is a sting pain. I’m in a little bit of pain but it isn’t anything worth going to the dentist about. Not very sure if it’s a blood clot or not because when I shone my flashlight it was black w grayish/white and it was deep. Also my dentist told me she had to shave some of my bone I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.
 

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MattKW

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Dry sockets occur at post-op Day 3 or 4 - the most noticeable features are pain!!! that isn't relieved by painkillers, bad taste, and foul breath.. It isn't judged by how it looks. So you're past the danger time and it will continue to heal. Also, dry sockets are not caused by the use of straws.
 

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