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  • Dry socket pain after 2 months: My daughter had all 4 wisdom teeth removed a couple of months ago. 3 teeth healed just fine but her lower right developed a dry socket. The oral surgeon did the clove oil packing every other day for a week. The incision healed over however she still has alot of pain that radiates in her jaw and shoots up into her ear. This has been going on now for about 2 months. Is this normal? He mentioned she would most likely have pain for a while. ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and have had a wisdom tooth that became infected so I had it out. 3 days later I went back in due to pain and he told me I had a dry socket and reinjured it to get the blood clot back. He packed it with a gell type padding he said would form with the blood and dissolve. Now it is 6 days later and I feel the same sharp pain once again. I believe I have another dry socket and I am not sure what the best thing to do is. I am going back in tomorrow morning but II am scared to trust this surgeon. Do I have him repack it? WIll this regress the healing that has already taken place? If so I will just deal with the pain becuase I don't want to keep doing this. ...Visitor from UT     (answer)

  • Wisdom tooth/dry socket: I got my wisdom teeth extracted a year ago. Now I have an infection in the hole. My dentist says my bone never grew back and/or maybe my surgeon dug too deep. Can I have a bone graft? I really don't want bone implants - I am afraid it will cause bad breath ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I have something called a dry socket. I am in constant pain...what can I do for relief? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Prevent Extraction Healing Problems: My 12 year old son has a tooth below his permanent tooth on the bottom. One oral surgeon wants to extract and stitch while another wants to extract and do a bone graph. Will bone grow in and fill in space if we do not do bone graph? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • How do I know if I have a dry socket? What are the symptoms, if any? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I had a molar extracted yesterday and I am in fear of developing a dry socket. How stable are the blood clots that form over the area? Are they easily dislodged? If so, what are the key things to avoid? ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • I have been diagnosed with dry socket. This is my 13th day following my surgery and I developed dry socket almost in the first week. How long does it usually take to heal and how many dressings are required? Visitor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada     (answer)

  • I went to the dentist to get my lower wisdom tooth taken out on Sunday. It is now Friday and I still have pain on my jaw bone. The swelling went away but I was told that I had to form a blood clot in the hole. I looked in the mirror and I just have a huge hole with no blood clot. I can also see a little bone on the inside side of the hole and on the bottom of the hole (I feel pain). Is this a dry socket? If I leave it alone (or what can I do?), will my gum fill in the hole? Will the hole Stay there always? How long will it take for me to be able to eat Meats and hamburgers with out getting food in the hole?     (answer)

  • I got my bottom-left wisdom tooth not impacted- pulled out a few days ago and within a couple of days I realized I joined the 8-to-10% of the victims of all extractions that suffer from a dry socket. On Saturday I could go to the doctor who had recommended me doctor X , the one who performed the extraction, (for some reason they didn't do it. Even when he admitted my bone and my nerves were exposed, my blood cloth had gone away and he knew about the unbearable pain in my jaw and my ear and the pulsing migraines, he said I didn't have a dry socket !!?? I wonder why he said that when I am positive it is a dry socket, I have 2 of my friends with that condition and it really bothers me to be wasting valuable time to get better. He filled the now HUGE hole with a green paste (I guess it was oil of cloves) but he didn't pack it, as I have heard many people have it done. Needless to say that the green stuff came out as soon as I stepped out from the doctor's office and when I called him from the bus, he told me it was expected to come out. But the nerve and the bone were once more exposed. Now the pain, which had diminished while I had that thing inside, rose again until a point I can't do nothing else but think of it. The dentist told me to have some codeine and he prescribed an antibiotic too. But I didn't get the antibiotic, as he assured I didn't have an infection (he had taken X Rays). And dry sockets (according to all what I have read) have little to do with infections and to give antibiotics to prevent infection when there is little chance for it sounds ridiculous to me. I don't like the fact that every time I go to a doctor the solution for everything seems to be antibiotics. I always get horrible side effects from them and I try to minimize their use. I would like someone to tell me if the one I had was a normal proceding (I mean, having that green stuff put in my mouth and next, the same green thing coming out and not being replaced) and if I can really get an infection from a dry socket (I can see my bone through the hole with the flash light and bones shouldn't be out like this) Could I instead of the antibiotics use a little of warm boiled water with hydrogen peroxide to topically prevent infection? (I have already been doing it, as I have not clue about other thing I could apply) Or could the hydrogen peroxide damage the exposed nerves or the bone? I don't feel I can try my regular dentist anymore, as he didn't seem to care much for my pain, he was rushing (as usual) he didn't give me ANY explanation of my condition and wasn't clear about what to expect and when I should go back. He said that the pain should disappear in the next 5 days but I have read of people whose holes (and pain) are still there after 2 months and that really interferes with my activities, not to mention that I see no reason at all to be suffering this way when I know there are ways to avoid it. I don't know exactly what I should do now. Should I insist so the doctor packs it with something a little steadier? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • After a month my son is still in excruciating pain from a dry socket. The oral surgeon has continued to pack the extration site but my son is not getting any better and is once again experiencing facial swelling. What else can be done? .... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I had a upper jaw tooth pulled 3 days ago and still hurt. I can't get a doctor to look at it. It is not so bad that I can't live with it but I would like to know if you think I should still be hurting. .... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I have had terrible pain in my right back half of my mouth for 1 month now. So bad that it is waking me up at night. I have been given amoxacillin and that didn't take the pain away. I have had my wisdom tooth extracted and now I am taking Clindamycin. I have been taking this for 48 hours now and no relief yet. The skin all around the extracted tooth is red and irritated and the bone in the way back on the right hurts to touch. The bone where my wisdom tooth was hurts as well. I am beginning to loose hope and sanity. .... Visitor from CO     (answer)


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