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will a dry socket heal itself?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Dry sockets heal themselves, but having your dentist place medicated dressings in the socket will make the process less painful. No need to suffer when help is just a phone call away.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Usually but: With the extreme pain involved and the increased amount of time necessary for healing, as well as the increased possibility of infection and other complications, it is better to see a dentist for a quick and easy treatment. Further, you also want to make sure it is nothing more than a dry socket.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No: See a dentist to get treated asap if you have a dry socket.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for the medicine pack for a dry socket to fall out?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: It is meant to fall out with time. If you are bleeding or having a problem, call the dentist or oral surgeon who performed or discuss with the doctor on call. Otherwise, observe and it should be okay. Do not hesitate to call or be seen. Socket to me!
A 65-year-old member asked:

What is a dry socket and how serious is it?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Very serious: Dry socket is a painful serious complication after a tooth is extracted. It is not common--only about 5-7% of all extractions.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for dry socket to heal?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Depends.: Dry sockets take longer to heal if you smoke. They do eventually heal on their own. It can take a few days or a few weeks. Seeing a dentist for care of the dry socket will help it heal faster and with less discomfort by packing the socket with medicated gauze or dressing. This should be changed every day or 2 until it heals.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause a dry socket?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Dry socket: When a extraction site heals too fast from the top down this can occur. It is better to heal from the bottom of the socket first and gradually work it's way to the top during the following few weeks.
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
When a tooth is removed, there is bleeding. The clot of blood in socket is crucial to avoiding a dry socket. Post-op instructions (no rinsing, spitting, smoking, etc.) are all designed to maintain that clot. Sometimes even following instructions can't ensure no dry socket will ensue.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
I agree with Dr Rosenfeld, for when the clot is gone there is exposure of the underlying bone and nerves results in severe pain.
Aug 13, 2012
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Provided original answer
That is correct
Aug 13, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

On average, how long will a dry socket take to heal?

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Dr. Kraig Stetzer
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dry Sockets : Dry sockets can be very painful, lasting a few weeks. If you suspect a dry socket. You should contact the doctor that did the extractions and hopefully have the areas packed to get some relief, otherwise you will be trying to kill the pain with pain meds that are likely not to help too much. Once healed, you should be fine, but it can take some time, up to a week or two.

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