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A 39-year-old member asked:

how likely are you to get dry socket 4 days after a wisdom tooth removal?

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Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Not very: Dry socket usually occurs in the first few days following tooth extraction. It is caused by losing the blood clot in the tooth socket and the bacteria in the mouth causing an infection. At four days, the clot should be firmly established and the risk of dry socket diminished greatly. The pain you feel at four days may just be caused by the surgery.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Very likely: For most people who develope dry sockets after tooth removal...Appears after a few days following the event. It doesn't happen immediately. That pain a few days after extraction is probably a dry socket. To help yourself go back and see the doctor who will pack in a sedative material in the hole. It may work the first time or take many visits. It could be something else...So go.

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