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Can someone tell me how long will dry socket packing last?

Can someone tell me how long will dry socket packing last?

Depends on material: Some dry socket packings should be changed every few days, others are meant to last until the socket starts to heal. Best thing is to contact the person who did the extractions. ...Read more

Dry Socket (Definition)

A complication in the healing after an extraction. It is an inflammation of the bone where a tooth was removed and the blood clot was lost, exposing the bone. It produces a foul ...Read more


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Wanted to know if i can take my dry socket packing out myself?

Yes but: Why ? Are you going to put it back and how will you tell if it is healed to a point where you no longer need the packing? Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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Concerned about dry socket packing. How to prevent this?

Avoiding dry socket: You want to avoid dry socket all together. Follow the instructions given for post-op care. Don't: smoke, drink from a straw, spit, or brush area hard. Don't pick at socket if anything gets in it. Don't eat on it, avoid crunchy/hard foods. In general, avoid area as best as possible. Dry sockets can be very painful. ...Read more

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I have a red lump/spot on extraction site (extracted 5th aug) following a dry socket packing. What is it? Only had 1 packing

To many: To manny possibilities to make a site-unseen stab in the dark. Please call the Dentist or Specialist Oral Surgeon who did the extraction for a post-surgical reevaluation visit. ...Read more

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How long after having a tooth extraction(1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

How long after having a tooth extraction(1 week ago) and dry socket packing (2 days ago) should the swelling in my face go down.?

2 weeks post- op: It usually takes 2 weeks post op to have your swelling totally resolve. This is dependent on the extent of the surgery, your medical condition, tooth impactions, and so forth. Please contact your surgeon about your particular circumstances, and take care... ...Read more

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When can I start cleaning my socket with salt water after dry socket is pasted? Would toughing out the dry socket without packing it, promote healing?

Don't: The dry socket was probably caused by your rinsing out the area to begin with. You must learn to leave it alone. Do not rinse it out. Toughing it out will not help it heal faster but will only make you more uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Got wisdom tooth pulled, got dry socket. Got packing since friday, going to have last packing either wed/thurs & taken out fri. Can i drink beer after?

Got wisdom tooth pulled, got dry socket. Got packing since friday, going to have last packing either wed/thurs & taken out fri. Can i drink beer after?

Unlikely: The extraction socket is still healing. Alcohol slows the healing process. Consider no alcohol for a couple weeks. However, ask your dentist for his or her recommendation. ...Read more

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