Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Experience

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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 well...you have my deepest appreciation of the pain your going through...

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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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