Tooth extraction socket still feels large

by Jan
(Ballina n.s.w. Australia)

I had a top molar extracted seven days ago - The socket is still quite big with some food being trapped - I am wearing a partial plate & was wondering if it would be "faster healing" if I leave it out. Thanks

Reply:

Hi Jan, I would follow your dentists instructions regarding your partial but it would be better for healing if you can keep the socket clean and free of food. Ask your dentist if he or she recommends gentle swishing or even the use of an irrigation syringe to rinse the debris out. 7 days out I would think this would be helpful as you are past the time when a dry socket usually occurs. Follow the instruction you got from your dentist and if you don't remember them call and ask.

Thanks for writing,
~Shelly

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