Brushed on tooth extraction site 4 days after extraction
Oral Surgery/Brushed on tooth extraction site 4 days after extraction
Expert: Jeff Bressman, DDS, Diplomate ABOMS - 2/22/2013
Question Hi, in a bit of a panic! Just brushed on tooth extraction site by mistake! It has been bleeding a bit and I am worried I could have dislodged blood clot. It has been just over 4 days since extraction. Is it possible I could have dislodged all of blood clot. There still seems to be something in there but it looks a bit emptier than before! I really don't want dry socket.
Answer Not likely that you "dislodged" the entire clot and even if you did it should re-clot with fresh blood. You physically dislodging a clot is not what causes dry socket although it it is easy to understand where that thought might come from as the typical dry socket patient is described as having lost the clot. This happens, when it does, from the clot dissolving away earlier than it should not from physical manipulation of the area. Unfortunately, none of this can guarantee that you will not yet develop one but you should maintain your normal oral hygiene.
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