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A 53-year-old female asked:

Had a dry socket. took out gauze with medicine on friday. how do i care for it now? still see some white pieces.

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Instructions: Here are the official self management guidelines from Mayo clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-socket/manage/ptc-20305961 If having ongoing difficulties it would be worth contacting the dentist who undertook the procedure.
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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 25 years experience
No change: Care for the area the same way you that your dentist/surgeon told you when you got it pulled. Having dry socket doesn't change your post op care. Rinse with warm salt water after every meal and 2 or 3 extra times per day. As far as the white pieces you are seeing it is hard to say without seeing a pic. As long as the pain from the dry socket is gone, it should heal normally.
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Last updated Jul 29, 2017


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