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For how long is dry socket a concern?

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Old 11-29-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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For how long is dry socket a concern?

I had a back bottom tooth extracted yesterday (11/28) and was given all the instructions for avoiding a dry socket. However I forgot to ask for how long this can be a concern. I know it sounds trivial, but at the end of each day, after I have had my quota of water I love to go to a fast food place and get a fountain Coke and nurse on it all night through a straw. I am also nervous about little things, like swallowing, brushing even gently back there, drinking from a water bottle, etc. So, when can I relax about this and live normally?


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Old 11-30-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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Re: For how long is dry socket a concern?

Usually I do 2 days

Old 11-30-2006, 10:46 AM   #3
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Re: For how long is dry socket a concern?

I was worrying about EXACTLY the same thing. I had the molar taken out 10 days ago but I can still see a bit of white at the bottom of the shrinking hole (it started out the size almost of a chicklet and exactly the same shape.

But no pain and the "white" has always looked soft and not like bone...Like a soft white clot?????

I do hope it soon seals over with PINK so I can stop worrying about it; there's about 1/8 inch more to go.

From what I have READ about dry socket the terms "pain" and "stench" recur often...I've had neither. I also often see "2-7 days."

If one develops "dry socket" is it a FOREVER thing with the bone exposed year after year...that sounds deadly dangerous.

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