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After Extraction: The Dry Socket Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • severe pain
  • nose bleeds
  • bad taste in the mouth

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

  • 5 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent

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

  • decay
  • root damage
  • orthodontics

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

  • a new tooth
  • stem cells
  • a blood clot

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

  • prolactin
  • estrogen
  • progesterone

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

  • primary molars
  • canines
  • wisdom teeth

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

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • eyeteeth
  • wisdom teeth
  • bicuspids

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

  • primary
  • permanent

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.

  • true
  • false

What is "dry socket" also known as?

  • neoplastic cell
  • alveolar osteitis
  • dens sapientiae

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
  • bacteria in the tooth socket
  • both of the above