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A 34-year-old member asked:

does dry socket heal on its own?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dentistry 20 years experience
Yes, but very slowly: You are much better off returning to the dentist who did the extraction to have it treated. Dry socket is very painful precisely because it is not healing.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Check meds: Since you are 34 Y.O., it is less likely, but anyone on osteoporosis medication should check with a dentist (especially if the dentist was not informed of your medications). It is more difficult that dry socket heals on its own if you are on this medications--route of administration, and dose, and drug type all affect the outcome. For future oral surgery, always be thorough reporting your meds.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Better option: Is to see your dentist as soon as possible for several reasons. First- you want to ensure that there is no infection present. Second-dentist can apply medication so that pain relief is simple and quick and will promote faster healing. Third- why suffer unnecessarily when this type of post operative treatment is generally at no cost to you as part of follow up care? Finally (see comment) -->.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes, it will heal on its own but very, very, very slowly!
Nov 26, 2013

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for dry socket to heal?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Depends.: Dry sockets take longer to heal if you smoke. They do eventually heal on their own. It can take a few days or a few weeks. Seeing a dentist for care of the dry socket will help it heal faster and with less discomfort by packing the socket with medicated gauze or dressing. This should be changed every day or 2 until it heals.
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How long does it take for a dry socket to heal?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Few days: You will start to feel better quickly after you have treatment and the pain should be gone if a few days. Follow the instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will a dry socket heal itself?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Dry sockets heal themselves, but having your dentist place medicated dressings in the socket will make the process less painful. No need to suffer when help is just a phone call away.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does dry socket take to heal?

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Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dentistry 20 years experience
Long time: Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that is supposed to form and seal the hole from an extraction comes out. The extraction site is therefore unable to heal. Go see your dentist because they can clean out the dry socket, re stimulate bleeding and there will be relief almost immediately.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Would a dry socket eventually heal?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Dry socket: If you have a dry socket, see your dentist. He will pack the socket with a medicated paste that will stop the pain. A clot will then form and the dry socket will heal.

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