this is my first tooth to have pulled. I was wondering what I could do it there is food particles on the clot. I have tried warm salt water like the dentist told me to do and it isn't clearing the problem and the one thing I can't seem to find is how long on average does it take for the healing process? Thanks Derek

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - April - 2009, at 20:20 PM

  • For the food particles on the clot, keep doing warm saline rinses 2-3 times a day and maintain good oral hyg. You should not touch the clot as it can dislodge and you can then end up having dry socket. The initial healing takes place within 7-10 days but the final healing takes somewhere between 3-6 weeks depending on type of extraction. The warm saline rinses along with other instructions will take care of food particles getting deposited on the clot.

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