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Post-Operative Instructions

Pain/Dry Sockets

A dry socket is a term to describe an unpleasant, but not serious, post-operative condition or surgical side effect.  It usually occurs 24-36 hours after surgery but can occur 48-72 hours later.  An increasing amount of throbbing pain around the affected socket, which may radiate up to the ear or through the entire jaw, is an indication that you may have a dry socket.  It is usually not accompanied by swelling or drainage from the extraction site.  To alleviate the pain from a dry socket you may use the prescription pain medication.  If it alleviates the pain, then the dry socket is minor and will not require any additional treatment. 

If the pain medication is not satisfactorily managing your discomfort, please send your questions or concerns to Dr. Fortner via email at, and include the following information:  your cell number, the date of your surgery, and the office where your surgery was performed.  Dr. Fortner will review your current condition, discussing the recommended solution with you.  Additionally, you may view the post-op videos on his website, which include important and helpful information.  If necessary, Dr. Fortner will set-up an appointment with you to address your concerns. 

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