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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: 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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