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A 20-year-old female asked:

When can i stop worrying about dry socket after a normal tooth extraction. its passed the 72 hour mark am i safe?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Yes: Instructions from your Dentist should be followed. If you are having no pain, you may proceed in your diet and activities as directed. Some tenderness is common, but medications should no longer be needed.
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Unlikely to have a dry socket now. But why so worried? A dry socket isn't a big deal. More of an annoyance. It is not an infection and heals on its own without treatment in 10 days. Yes, your dentist can make you more comfortable with topical medications. Dry sockets are most common for lower wisdom tooth extraction, then still not common. Other wise very rare. Never have seen one from a baby toot

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