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A 34-year-old member asked:

how long does dry socket last?

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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 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 54 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.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for the medicine pack for a dry socket to fall out?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It is meant to fall out with time. If you are bleeding or having a problem, call the dentist or oral surgeon who performed or discuss with the doctor on call. Otherwise, observe and it should be okay. Do not hesitate to call or be seen. Socket to me!
A 65-year-old member asked:

What is a dry socket and how serious is it?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Very serious: Dry socket is a painful serious complication after a tooth is extracted. It is not common--only about 5-7% of all extractions.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with dry socket?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
No, but DENTISTS do: If by doctor you mean your primary care md, then no. We are familiar with, but do not typically manage dry (dental) sockets. There are doctors who do (ent, oral surgeons, plastic surgeons), and dry sockets are painful and not uncommon (~ 5%). You could try over the counter pain medicine, warm salt water swish, or perhaps clove oil to help with symptoms until you see a dentist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do for my dry socket without going to a doctor?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
I can not help you: Need more information, which socket you talking about?
A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause a dry socket?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Dry socket: When a extraction site heals too fast from the top down this can occur. It is better to heal from the bottom of the socket first and gradually work it's way to the top during the following few weeks.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
When a tooth is removed, there is bleeding. The clot of blood in socket is crucial to avoiding a dry socket. Post-op instructions (no rinsing, spitting, smoking, etc.) are all designed to maintain that clot. Sometimes even following instructions can't ensure no dry socket will ensue.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
I agree with Dr Rosenfeld, for when the clot is gone there is exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in severe pain.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Provided original answer
That is correct
Aug 13, 2012

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