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A 39-year-old male asked:

i just had a tooth pulled on friday it formed a blod clot over 16 hours ago. do istill have to worry about getting dry socket?

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Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Yes: Don't rinse or spit for a full 24 hours. Try not to smoke as long as possible. The clot can still dislodge and leave nude bone resulting in a painful dry socket.
Dr. Mahesh Patel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: Be careful for the first 3-4 days after an extraction, to ensure the blood clots properly and does not break, otherwise a dry socket could develop.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What to do if i just had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday and i keep reading about dry socket. What is it?

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Dr. Mark Glyman
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 32 years experience
Dry socket: Alveolar osteitis is inflammation of the alveolar bone classically this occurs as a postoperative complication of tooth extraction. This usually occurs where the blood clot fails to form or is lost from the socket (the defect left in the gum when a tooth is taken out). This leaves an empty socket where bone is exposed to the oral cavity. If it occurs, see your surgeon asap.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

Had my lower right 3rd wisdom tooth extracted 10/18/13. Developed dry socket. Dentist treating since 10/22. Still not 100%. When will i heal? No infec

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Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 9 years experience
Slow process: A dry socket is rejection of the blood clot which stimulates the healing after removal of a tooth. It results in exposed bone which is painful and slow to heal, sometimes as much as 6 months.

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