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A 47-year-old member asked:

how soon can a dry socket occur after having wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. Stan Shih
Dentistry 18 years experience
4 days: By definition, a dry socket is a tooth socket that is not healing properly. If pain and exposed bone persists 4-7 days after an extraction, a dry socket could be the problem.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Quickly: Dry sockets are caused by the loss of the blood clot that forms in a tooth socket after the tooth is removed. If the clot is injured, it can break down and disintigrate, leaving behind an empty or 'dry' socket. Sometimes the blood does not clot well and produces the same result. This can occur within 1-7 days after the extraction. Dry sockets can be treated. The healing is prolonged, but complete.

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