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Blood Clots

I just had a wisdom tooth (on the bottom) extracted on Monday. I followed all of the dentists' instructions post-surgery, but I somehow still lost my blood clot today while I was at work. I had cottage cheese for lunch, as my dentist said that was safe, and when I checked the extraction site in the mirror afterwards I noticed that not only did it appear that the clot was gone, but there were some cottage cheese pieces sitting on the extraction site. I had no toothpicks and had to go back to work immediately, so I rinsed with salt water and then went back to work. I waited until I got home to use the toothpick, but now it appears that the food is gone. I rinsed with the oral mouthwash the dentist gave me, but I am really nervous that a) the food is stuck in the extraction site, and b) that I now have a dry socket.

The extraction site appears to still be a purplish color, so perhaps the blood clot just sunk a bit? I am not experiencing a great deal of pain right now, either, so I am not sure what to do. Am I ok? Do I need to go to the dentist to get this checked out? Please help. Thanks!!
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A "dry socket" is a very painful condition.  You should call your doctor and ask them you question as only they would know what you should expect based on the actual anatomy of the extraction.

If you are not experiencing worsening or severe pain you can wait till their normal office hours.  If you are really bothered then call the doctor - that's what we are here for!

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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I also forgot to mention that I am also on antibiotics, as I had an infection along with the wisdom tooth extraction.
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