Re: how long is the packing suposed to stay in after the dentist treats dry socket?
this is pretty common. with such a wet environment, it is often hard to keep the packing in. The standard packing is a strip of cloth maybe an inch long that is soaked in a foul smelling medicine, packed inside the socket or "hole" and then covered over by a putty like substance. Now you must figure out if just the putty stuff came out or if the little strip of cloth came out. The strip of cloth will most likely be a very dark brown and the putty is usually white until it gets stained by the medicine. If it was just the putty and the strip is still in there, your okay. If it is all out, you should go back to have it replaced as soon as possible. It usually takes 2-3 packings to cure and are usually done every 3-7 days depending on the method used.