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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 40 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.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Also avoid smoking
Feb 3, 2014
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
Dentistry 23 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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