Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Experience

Please describe your experience with dry socket.

Comment from: flowergirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I am currently suffering with dry socket and can only say the pain is excruciating and I cannot contain it with painkillers. My mouth is throbbing and I have intense pain. I have been back to the dentist 3 times since my extraction 4 days ago. It was OK the following day but the pain then began to grow. Today he has cleared it out and stitched the gum. I just hope the pain subsides soon I can't sleep eat or function normally!

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Comment from: jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have never had so much pain. I am taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every six hours and Percocet every six hours – it just manages to keep the pain relatively in check. The pain radiates from my tooth up into my ear and forward along and under my jaw line. The intense throbbing is constantly pounding at me, making me beg for relief. This has been going on for a week and I don't know how much longer I can take it. I saw a dentist today and he cleaned things out. I'm going back later this week.

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Comment from: KB, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 08

I recommend trying clove oil. After eight Panadeine Forte tablets a day not being enough, my pain was reduced by 80% by using clove oil, of all things! It's the best $8 I've ever spent.

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Comment from: lawrrencee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

It's friggin' miserable. I can't sleep for more than an hour before it flares up, and then the pain lasts from 10 minutes to a half hour. It's like someone turns off a switch and it settles down for a bit, but is always sore. I get this throbbing in my gums that radiates back into my ear, down the entire side of my lower jaw where I had the tooth pulled, and then goes up into the top part of my jaw and just fires up every nerve in that side of my mouth. I have even felt slight twinges behind my eye starting from the extraction sight. The surgeon gave me lortabs – nope. I took NSAIDs and naproxen – they didn't work. I even took one of my wife's morphine tablets, and that didn't do it.

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