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A 43-year-old member asked:

How long after an extraction until you don't have to worry about dry socket?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
More than 2 weeks: Dry socket typically happens about a week or 10 days after an extraction and you would have severe pain.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Ten days: Dry sockets do not form ten days post op. If you think you have this condition, contact your dentist immediately for proper treatment.
Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 16 years experience
Depends: Average is 10 days but it all depends on the treatment done, the skill of the dentist/Oral surgeon & you overall health. I see people with most issues within the 4-5 day more and then a total separate group around the 25-30day mark (usually about 5% of patients experiences issue after treatment in my experience). So it varies but just keep it clean and most people are out of the woods in 10 days

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering how long do I have to worry about dry socket?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Dry socket : If you get a dry socket, it will happen within 3 days of an extraction. After that, normal healing is most likely taking place. If you have a dry socket, once it is packed by the dentist, the pain will abate. If you are having discomfort after your extraction, contact your surgeon for an examination.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does dry socket last?

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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
It depends: It is going to depend on how bad was the infection or how difficult was the surgery, it may last a few weeks, the main thing is to take your antibiotics and antiinflammatory medications, see your dentist as needed. Hope you get better soon.

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