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Can you get dry socket 10 days after a tooth extraction?

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Posted by: famegrabber  (9 years ago)
Hi all!

I had all of my four wisdom teeth extracted 10 days ago. The surgery went well. The first week had been fine, no bleeding and no severe pain. I've been rinsing with warm salt water every after meal. Today, I used the syringe they gave me to dislodge the food that was trapped in the socket until one hole started to bleed. I immediately put a tea bag in my mouth hoping to save the blood clot. Should I be worried about dry socket?

Thanks!
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Posted by: summerdentist  (9 years ago)
No you won't get a dry socket. It's been over a week since the extraction and you are now free from the possibility of getting a dry socket. Gargle gently with warm salt water as often as you can to speed up the healing process.
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Posted by: CityDent  (9 years ago)
Hello!

If the bleeding continues, bite down on a clean gauze. At this point, the chance of getting a dry socket is already minimal. Your oral surgeon should have scheduled you for a follow-up check-up two weeks after the extraction to see if you are healing properly.
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