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Infection is uncommon however ‘dry socket’ is the most common type of infection and can occur in the first 3-4 days if the blood clot is washed out of the socket. No rinsing of the mouth for 24 hours and then gentle rinsing thereafter.

Continued pain, swelling or a raised temperature may indicate infection. Due to infection spreading or delaying healing, you should contact your surgeon if you are concerned. Strict oral hygiene can help avoid infection. Rinsing after meals with Curasept (available from supermarkets or pharmacies) or a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water will assist. If food packing in the wound occurs it may require proper syringing. Please contact our practice if you are concerned about this

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