Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Experience

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Comment from: Glenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

It started out as a routine wisdom tooth extraction. Now 4 days later I can"t eat, talk or sleep. The pain is unbearable and I am not able to work or function! The pain radiates up my gum toward my ear. No pain medications will touch this and my oral surgeon does not believe in the clove packing! He has not had this pain for sure! I am seeking another dentist to try to get some relief. This is expensive, painful and actually scary! Be sure you ask your oral surgeon before, if he will assist if you have dry socket. If not, do not use that surgeon... the pain will be unbearable! And you will be running around trying to find someone to help you. Please follow all the instructions that they give and I hope no one gets this! If you are in agony please call a dentist who does the clove packing... it is the only relief! Nausea and vomiting also made my situation worse, so get Zofran for this!

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Comment from: Peri Winkle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

According to my oral surgeon, the incidence of dry socket is about 1 in 3, especially sensitive are post-menopausal women. Our blood supply is diminished with age and is affected by hormones according to my doctor. I have it now. It is painful and I need my dressing changed every 2 to 3 days. I am still eating mostly liquids or soft food. Make sure you really need your wisdom tooth out before going through an extraction. It is day 8 and counting. Oil of clove does act as pain relief and is supposedly available at Whole Foods among other health food stores.

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Comment from: nicci, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Oh, my gosh, what agony! I had a tooth removed. It took dentist an hour to get tooth out! And I have dry socket, the pain is unbearable. I took tramadol and it didn't touch it, tried paracetamol and ibuprofen and no relief. I felt faint, was sweating and feeling sick, not to mention the foul taste. This is day 4 after extraction, went back today and they put a dressing paste which they said would numb and had antibiotics in it and now on 2 lots of antibiotics. Hoping for some relief.

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Comment from: alex, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 14

I have pain in the lower jaw radiating under the ear and progressing upwards to the head. The pain increases considerably 6 hours after taking Catafast (NSAID).

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Comment from: Gloria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had the remains of a crown tooth removed 10 days ago and still have pain from a dry socket. I found that whiskey put on a piece of cotton and placed on the gum numbed the pain. The dentist put a dressing of clove oil inside the cavity that lasted a day. I was on 600 mg of Advil every 4 hours then extra strength Tylenol two hours after taking Advil. I did this the first day then thought about the damage my kidneys and liver where getting so didn't take the Tylenol the next day. My teeth ache along the top and bottom of the side I had the tooth removed. I have a nasty taste in my mouth so was given amoxicillin 500mg to go along with Advil.

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Comment from: remyweim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I recently had a lower tooth break and what was left was just the roots. I was advised to have the roots pulled since they appeared fractured d/t to my grinding of my teeth at night. So, I had the remaining tooth and roots pulled last week which at first went okay. However after three days I noticed a definite increase in pain not only in the tooth area but it seems to radiate to the ear and upper teeth as well. Today is Sunday 6 days after the tooth #20 was pulled and the second day of pain. I called my oral surgeon and he explained to me that it will be a long process for that area to heal. He advised me to stay on my antibiotics and to increase my Motrin from 400mg TID to 800mg TID and to rinse and gargle with NACL(salt water). So far it still hurts like heck but it's a sunday so I'll wait and see how it feels tomorrow(Monday). For anyone out there that is going through this as have my deepest appreciation of the pain your going through...

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