How long does dry socket last?

Dry socket sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted. When the socket is slow to heal, the condition can be very painful for three to five days or so. 

Cigarette smoking or other tobacco use can delay healing and should be avoided.
Dry socket can last for several weeks. It is extremely painful, but once your dentist treats you, the pain should subside greatly. It occurs when your have a tooth extracted and the normal blood clot that fills the hole gets removed, leaving a painful empty space known as a dry socket.

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