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Doctor insights on: Dry Socket Packing Material

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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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Will a dry socket heal with only one packing? I went to ER (my dr out of town) ER dr said hole is closed there's nothing for him to pack...Help!

Will a dry socket heal with only one packing? I went to ER (my dr out of town) ER dr said hole is closed there's nothing for him to pack...Help!

Dry socket: Actually, a dry socket will heal even without any packing. It will just be painful and take much, much longer to heal. Although a physician in an emergency room is not quite the same as a dentist for a dental evaluation, if you are substantially out of pain, there is no need to repack the socket. You should still see your dentist for a follow up evaluation just to make sure all is ok. ...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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Wisdom tooth extracted Got a dry socket It was then packed with packing strip with medication was told that the packing strip will fall out. Will it?

Wisdom tooth: A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is lost after tooth extraction leaving the bone and nerve exposed. This can be due to infection,nicotine,sucking through a straw or certain hormones such as oral contraceptives. The treatment is packing with medication. The packing is usually changed as often as daily. As the tooth heals the packing will fall out. ...Read more