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How long does it take for a dry socket to heal?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Few days: You will start to feel better quickly after you have treatment and the pain should be gone if a few days. Follow the instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon.

Answered 9/13/2013

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Dr. Daniel Wolter answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depends: That depends on how large the bone defect (where the tooth was) is, how many days after the surgery it developed, and what contributing oral habits (such as smoking) you have. With treatment, they can heal pretty quickly, usually within a couple of weeks. If you don't see a dentist, they can linger for several weeks. So, see your dentist/oral surgeon and get the dry socket treated.

Answered 4/7/2019

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Dr. Nathaniel Chan answered

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A very long time: Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that should be protecting to extraction site comes loose. This is very painful and does not heal readily by itself. See your dentist to have the extraction site cleaned and to stimulate a new clot and it will heal very quickly.

Answered 10/5/2019

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Dr. Marshall Dicker answered

Specializes in Dentistry

dry socket: Once the dry socket paste/medication is placed relief should be usually within 24 hours. It may take the site a few weeks to heal but the pain should be gone quickly....If treated correctly.

Answered 10/5/2019

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