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A 21-year-old female asked:

Are there any over-the-counter methods for treating dry socket post-wisdom tooth extraction?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
See your surgeon: Dry socket paste, placed on sterile strip gauze, and placed into the extraction socket after it has been irrigated with sterile water and cleaned out is not easily performed by the untrained. See your surgeon and have it done correctly.. you'll heal and feel better faster. All the best...
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not recommended: This should really be evaluated by the surgeon who treated you. It needs to be evaluated to rule out an infection or other medically related issues. You'll feel better sooner having an expert treat you. Your aftercare should be part of the initial procedure and is your dentist's responsibility.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
No: The most comprehensive and effective treatment can only be provided by a dentist or oral surgeon. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Dry socket: It develops at any stage when the clot becomes dislodged and leaves the nerve endings and the bone unprotected. It is painful and must be attended to immediately.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Call Ur Surgeon: Your oral surgeon is best prepared to treat the dry socket with medications. Call the office for a follow up appointment.
Last updated Mar 4, 2015

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