Normal healing after molar extract with abscess


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Hi I recently got top molar tooth with abscess extracted two days ago. I am wondering does this look like a normal healing socket? I started smoking again the next day after tooth extract. Does it look infected? I am very worried about getting infected or dry socket. I am rising with salt water every time I eat or smoke. It is still sore and swollen on the surrounding gums. Bad taste around the area too but trying not to touch that area with my tongue. Thank you
 

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MattKW

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Looks quite good to me for just 2 days out. Dry sockets rarely develop after upper extractions, and become apparent 3-4 days post-op with enormous pain, foul breath, and really bad taste. Rinsing after smoking won't lessen the risk of dry socket - it's the smoking products in the bloodstream that make a difference, not the topical effects.
 
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Thanks for the reply. I'm cutting down on the smokes big time. So if anything it's helping me quit. ☺☺
 

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