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Blood clot in socket

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Posted by: caseyme  (10 years ago)
Dear everyone,

I had one of my molars taken out yesterday. Last night, I tried to take out the gauze and I did not
see any blood clot from the extraction site. Will I get dry socket? In case I don't have yet, what
precautions should I take to avoid having one? I've heard they hurt terribly so I want to be very

Any advice is truly needed!
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Posted by: hannalou  (10 years ago)

You will know you developed a dry socket if you experience an unbearable pain from the extraction site. Rinse with warm salt water gently to avoid dislodging the blood clot from the socket. NO to mouthwash. Do not smoke and do not drink from straw.

Take care!
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Posted by: tooth101  (10 years ago)
Hi Casey,

As long as you do not feel any pain then you are fine.
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Posted by: littleashley  (10 years ago)
Hi Casey!

The socket completely closes in two weeks. Keep the area clean. If food debris get inside the socket, it can possibly get infected.