Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your dry socket?

Comment from: Meaghan S, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

My first symptoms of dry socket were just simply a dull ache around day 3 of my lower right molar extraction. On day 4 it began to feel a little bit more swollen and had stronger pain but still an ache. On day 5 (today) the pain was severe only when touching and achy constantly. I awoke today with a small 1cm hole to the inside of my jaw beside my extraction hole with bone sticking out. The dentist explained this is a dry socket infection. It is still a rare form since a secondary hole was created and my actual extraction hole had a nice clot formed.

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Comment from: candy60, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I have dry socket. I got a tooth out on top row and 4 days later the pain was horrendous, I literally wanted to inflict pain on myself somewhere else just to see if it eased these symptoms even for a second. I didn't know whether the pain I was having was normal after tooth extraction, but I literally was taking a box of painkillers a day, not normal, and they did not ease the pain greatly. I worried about going to the dentist feeling silly in case I was just over sensitive to pain but so glad I did as it appeared to be dry socket. I got the treatment today and the process itself was quick, he just freezed the area, irrigated it and dressed it and I got a course of antibiotics. I am experiencing pain now after the treatment but my dentist tells me the pain will be there for a week and I've already been suffering for 6 days now. The only glimmer of hope is there should be a little improvement every day. My head was literally throbbing with a pulsing pain, my cheek felt warm and a little swollen and the pain, well, I just wanted to suck at the site of the extraction to see if it eased pain. If this sounds like you please see your dentist don't delay!

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Comment from: emma, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Eight days ago I had pulled my bottom wisdom tooth, and ever since local anesthesia took off I've been in pain which is only getting worse. I cannot function or speak; with head and jaw throbbing, half side of my head is in bad pain. I even followed instructions but that didn't do it, I did get some paste at my follow up to insert it myself to help the pain and it sure did not work, neither did all the pills I have with me. People ask me what's wrong, at that moment I can't even speak up and tell them I am in pain. Not sure how long this process will last to finally feel the relief, am already tired of pain that makes me nauseated.

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Comment from: libbylee3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a molar removed 11 days ago and this pain is still here. I have to take 800mg of Advil around the clock every five hours and it only takes the edge off. The pain radiates through my jaw, up to my cheek and ear, everything hurts. I have to have another molar extracted and I am terrified now to do it. I hope this goes away soon.

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Comment from: Sopainful, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had my number 18 pulled out on Monday. I was fine until four days later. The pain has increased tremendously. Worse still, I'm in a country where clove oil is hard to find, so I had to make my own clove gauze. I am running back to my dentist now. Hopefully, I'll get some positive results and get back to functioning normally.

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Comment from: Lilly Rose, 45-54 Female Published: May 08

Today is the first day I feel human. I had the tooth out nine days ago and have been in constant pain. I've been taking Panadol and Nurofen around the clock. At night time in desperation, I placed a piece of gauze over the hole – over the gums – you need to fiddle with it to get it right. It helps the throbbing a bit. Then I put a towel over the pillow so that if I dribble it doesn't go on the pillow case. This really did give a bit of relief. I never want to go through this again. I also got on to rinsing after five days (using the syringe) with Colgate Savacol mouthwash – this seems to help speed up recovery as well. Good luck; it's rotten.

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