Oral Surgery/blood clot


Hey doc about 3hrs of getting my top molar tooth extracted I was rinsing but not hard and I notice a string like object hanging and I was kind of nervous that I might have rinsed out a blood clot and if I did can it re form when look up there I see blood still so will I get dry socket this is the sec day now.

Eric - if the clot was removed, and that is what it sounds like, just bite again on piece of gauze for about 10 minutes and everything should heal well. You should not get a dry socket just from the lost of that clot.  Just don't smoke or eat hard food for a while.  

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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