U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does dry socket last?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 43 years experience
It depends: It is going to depend on how bad was the infection or how difficult was the surgery, it may last a few weeks, the main thing is to take your antibiotics and antiinflammatory medications, see your dentist as needed. Hope you get better soon.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Varies: A dry socket is relatively easily treated by a dentist who can place medication into the socket, usually every 2-3 days until healing resumes and the pain subsides. This can take one visit or many depending upon the medical conditions, the difficulty of the extraction, and whether or not an infection was present. Relief usually begins within hours of placement of the medication.

Similar questions

A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket to heal?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Few days: You will start to feel better quickly after you have treatment and the pain should be gone if a few days. Follow the instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does dry socket take to heal?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Long time: Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that is supposed to form and seal the hole from an extraction comes out. The extraction site is therefore unable to heal. Go see your dentist because they can clean out the dry socket, re stimulate bleeding and there will be relief almost immediately.
A 32-year-old member asked:

For how long is it possible for me to get a dry socket?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dry Socket: Generally develops in the first 24-48 hours after the extraction. If you follow all the PO instructions you should not have a problem. As the socket matures and heals you will need to continue rinsing as the socket heals from the bottom up and if food gets trapped it can be uncomfortable. check with your dentist to be sure.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering how long do I have to worry about dry socket?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
Dry socket : If you get a dry socket, it will happen within 3 days of an extraction. After that, normal healing is most likely taking place. If you have a dry socket, once it is packed by the dentist, the pain will abate. If you are having discomfort after your extraction, contact your surgeon for an examination.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I'm wondering how long does it take for dry socket to heal?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
"A while"...: Depending on how the dry socket is treated, (just waiting? Blood clot is still there or gone? Dry socket paste is placed already? Etc., etc...) this kind of question cannot be answered. It is best to ask your dentist so that you get the answer specific to your condition. It may take as little as a few days, but with a certain medications or medical history, it could take weeks possibly.
Last updated Jun 2, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.