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What are signs and symptoms of dry socket?

A patient may first notice signs of a dry socket 3 to 4 days after extraction of the tooth by feeling moderate-to-severe pain that could last anywhere from 10 to 40 days. The exposed bone of a dry socket is very sensitive and leads to an intense dull aching pain that throbs and radiates around the affected side of the jaw often to the patient's ear. Frequently, the patient affected by a dry socket will also complain of a bad odor or bad taste in their mouth.

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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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