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Carriere, MS
A 44-year-old female asked:

How long after having a tooth extraction(1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry 52 years experience
Usually a few days: This may take longer since you had a dry socket which means that you lost the original blood clot that was filling the area where the tooth was removed. That area is still irritated. Try trameel from health food store. Get the liquid and place 6 drops under tongue four times a day for a few days.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Swelling : The swelling should have gone down by now. Make sure you keep seeing your surgeon and watch out for an infection.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 46 years experience
2 weeks post- op: It usually takes 2 weeks post op to have your swelling totally resolve. This is dependent on the extent of the surgery, your medical condition, tooth impactions, and so forth. Please contact your surgeon about your particular circumstances, and take care...

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