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How long After Wisdom Teeth removal are you at risk for Dry Socket

The Recovery period after removing Wisdom teeth can be as little as 1-2 days of moderate soreness with intermittent throbbing pain. The soreness and throbbing pain will decrease to minor soreness from days 3-7. The soreness and throbbing is usually controlled by prescription strength Ibuprofen and pain medication.

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Socket?

If you look into the site where the tooth was pulled, you’ll probably see a dry-looking opening. Instead of a dark blood clot, there will just be whitish bone. The pain typically starts about 2 days after the tooth was pulled. Over time it becomes more severe and can radiate to your ear.

Other symptoms of dry socket include bad breath and an unpleasant smell and taste in your mouth.

How Is Dry Socket Treated?

You can take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as aspirinor ibuprofen, to ease the discomfort. Sometimes these over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to relieve the pain. When that’s the case, your doctor may prescribe a stronger drug or will anesthetize the area.

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