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how long does it take for a dry socket to heal. i had a tooth

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how long does it take for a dry socket to heal. i had a tooth extracted last week and found out today after visiting my dentist that i have dry socket the pain is the worse thing i have ever experienced please could you tell me how long i will have to suffer with this. i think it may be because iam on warfarin
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Mark Bornfeld, DDS replied 5 years ago.
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Dry socket is a self-limited condition that will resolve on its own; treatment is limited to symptomatic management. Typically, dry socket runs a course of somewhere between 5 and 14 days. The cause of dry socket is unknown, but it is not associated with the use of anticoagulants such as warfarin.

The replacement of the dry socket dressing every day or two can sometimes provide superior pain relief than the use of a one-time resorbable dressing, because the active pain-relieving ingredients in the dressing are quickly dissipated by saliva. Even so, if prompt healing is the desired goal, the removal of the dressing as soon as pain is adequately controlled is advisable, as the presence of the socket dressing creates an unsanitary condition that can delay healing. If your dentist has not prescribed opiate pain relievers to supplement the socket dressing, doing so would allow a more timely removal of the dressing which will speed healing.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
i really need to know how long i will suffer with this pain i am due to have another tooth extracted next tuesday the reason being to have a brace fitted so i was hoping that this pain would have subsided by then and how to prevent it happening again
Expert:  replied 5 years ago.
The duration of pain is variable, and can run anywhere from 5 to 14 days. Because the factors that predispose to dry socket are, other than the extraction itself, unknown, there are no known strategies to reliably prevent its occurrence other than to decline extraction. Dry socket occurs in approximately 10-15% of lower molar extractions, and 5% in upper tooth extractions.

It is your dentist's responsibility to provide adequate pain management. You may, at your discretion, opt to postpone the second extraction until the residuals of the first have passed.

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