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A 25-year-old female asked:

I stopped using gauze only ten minutes after a wisdoms tooth extraction. will a blood clot still form? or will i get dry socket?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Dry Socket: Blood clot will most likely form. The gauze does not prevent the clot from falling out. Avoid gargling and rinsing aggressively for a few days and you will probably be fine. Any problems please call your surgeon.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Also avoid smoking
Feb 3, 2014
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 25 years experience
No relation.: Normal bleeding time is 6 minutes, after which the clot should be formed, follow by ingrowth of granuloma tissue . Dry socket is caused by infection occurs which lead to losing a clot. Dry socket if occurred, starts in day 3.
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