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Is dry socket serious?

Dry socket can be painful for three to five days, or so. This occurs when the socket is slow to heal following a tooth extraction. It is necessary to follow a dentist's post extraction regimen. If pain, bleeding or other problems persist after five days, contact your dentist.

Dry socket is not a serious condition, but it can be painful. This temporary condition usually goes away in two weeks, when the gum heals. Your dentist can give you medication and advice to help deal with the pain.

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