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A 53-year-old female asked:

Had dry socket treated 3 weeks ago after tooth extraction. the socket still hasn't closed and there's swelling on the side of gums near cheek still.

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 39 years experience
See below: Go back to the dentist that performed the extraction. Make sure to refrain from smoking to not deter the healing process and speak with the dentist about replacing the missing tooth.
Dr. Kirk Yen
Dr. Kirk Yenanswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 39 years experience
Seek evaluation : Healing varies and is dependent on various factors including body's capacity to heal which is usually better at younger age and healthy body. The extent of surgery also affects the healing process. It is possible that there is residual tooth, bone fragment, or foreign objects such as food debris in the socket. Have it evaluated by the treating surgeon.

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