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A 23-year-old female asked:

i had a tooth extraction a week ago. no post op . until 4 days. have a dry socket no emergency dds should i go to the er?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Van Stralen
Dentistry 37 years experience
See your dds: The best person to follow up your case is the dentist who removed your tooth. He should see you for follow-up usually without charge. Often the ER docs have very little dental training. You may need to be given a local anesthesia and have the tooth socket packed with dry socket paste.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Dentist: Dr. Van stealer is absolutely correct. The best person to address your emergency is the Dentist or Oral Surgeon who did your surgery, the person who knows you best. Unless your ER has a Dentist on call, you would be better off seeking care (in the absence of your Dentist) from an Oral Surgeon.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Your DDS: All dentists are required to have emergency coverage after treatment. See ANY oral surgeon for you problem. ER not much help plus very expensive.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Urgent Care: Dry socket treatment is available now at some Urgent Care facilities.

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Last updated Oct 17, 2015

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