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 tool for extracting wisdom teeth
a hole in the jawbone
a type of periodontal (gum) disease
What is a dry socket?
exposure of bone and nerves
damage to the salivary glands
a displaced tooth
Which of the following is NOT a symptom of dry socket?
bad taste in the mouth
What percentage of patients will experience dry socket after a tooth extraction?
What is the most common reason a tooth might need to be extracted?
After a tooth is extracted, what forms in the socket?
a new tooth
a blood clot
Which hormone have scientists linked to an increased risk of developing dry socket?
Developing dry socket is more common after which type of tooth is extracted?
True or false: Drinking through a straw while healing from a tooth extraction increases your risk of developing dry socket.
If you're developing dry socket, how soon after a tooth extraction would you begin to feel severe pain?
less than 24 hours
one to three days
one to three weeks
Which of the following is not typically a treatment for dry socket?
prescription pain medication
scaling and root planing
packing the socket with medicated dressings
True or false: Coughing or sneezing after a tooth extraction increases the odds of developing dry socket.
How long does it take for dry socket to heal?
fewer than three days
one week or less
no more than two weeks
What are third molars also often called?
In which type of tooth extraction is dry socket not typically seen?
Which of the following are ways your dentist can try to prevent dry socket?
oral antibiotics, prescribed for before and after surgery
antibacterial mouthwash, before and after surgery
both of the above
True or false: Having dry socket once makes you more susceptible for it in the future.
What is "dry socket" also known as?
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 root-tip pick elevator
a nerve block
an amalgam plugger
Which of the following do researchers suspect may be an underlying cause of dry socket?
severe trauma to the surrounding bone or tissue during a difficult tooth extraction