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A 38-year-old female asked:

Molar removed, got dry socket and had packing out in. six days after being packed i am wondering if i leave the brown gauze in the socket or remove it?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Your dentist should: Have given you these directions for how they wanted you to treat this. Did they give you any home instructions? If not i would suggest you call the office and ask for their preference. (it might be ok at this point, but different dentist have different protocols that they like to follow.) it is best to keep the socket moist.
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Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Remove it: If you don't have pain. If pain reoccurs visit your dentist.
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 11 years experience
Take it out: If it is gauze yes take it out , but it could be dry socket past , it's brown in color and have a distinctive odor ..That you don't have to take out, we'll get absorbed or washed up by itself.
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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 53 years experience
Dry socket: Make an appointment with your dentist. He will determine whether to remove the packing. Usually the packing is removed in several days once the pain abates.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 56 years experience
Dry Socket Treatment: The gauze and medication are originally placed in the socket to induce bleeding and healing as well as alleviate the pain. After an initial period (2-4 days), leaving the gauze in place will actually delay healing. Your dentist is responsible for normal aftercare which is usually at no charge. Please contact and see your dentist.
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Last updated Oct 2, 2020

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