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Anyone have experience with Dry Socket?


Last Edited: February 20, 2008, 7:03 pm

I was checking my gums earlier because I am still feeling some slight pain and I notice that I can see some of my jaw bone. I am not having serious pain, just a dull, annoying sort of pain after I eat or drink something. I do notice that after I do a warm, salt water flush the pain goes away. I don't have another appointment until March 4th, but I think I may go in early if the gums don't start to cover that area soon.

I was wondering could I have or is there a chance that I might get dry-socket? Does anyone here have experience with that? Or do I need to just relax and let it heal? (It's been 8/9 days) I have been searching and reading up on dry-socket and people who have it seem to be in extreme pain and that isn't me, so I think I am just being paranoid. The whole thing is kind of annoying. I mean, I had four wisdom teeth removed and it wasn't like this. I think I will give it another week and if it isn't better, I will go in and have it checked out or something.


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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 20, 2008, 7:32 pm
Scary, you should really listen to your doctor, not the experiences of other people. Give it a few more days and then call your dentist, since you said the office staff is very concerned and has treated you well. However, I will say one thing. You often need to wait about 2-3 weeks for many tooth extractions to heal properly. Dry socket isn't that common, although it sounds as if you had a complicated extraction.   If you do have a dry socket, it's painful but treatable.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 20, 2008, 7:38 pm
Thank you justxploring. I guess I am just being paranoid. My mom also said it will take some time to heal, but I think I freaked when I saw some of my jaw bone. lol.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 20, 2008, 7:55 pm
I agree with justxploring.
A phone call to your dental office should take care of any questions.
I would think follow up questions are expected from a patient.
Comment by pacattack05 - February 20, 2008, 8:08 pm
When I was in the Navy back in 1986, nearing the end of my 4 year contract, I went to the naval dentist for one last checkup, where he did remove a tooth and warned me about dry socket.

Well, being only 22 years old and still wet behind the ears, I laughed and walked out the door, lit a cigarette and smoked away like there was no tomorrow.

Guess what happened?..lol

About 2 days later, I was in so much pain that I nearly went into shock from the excruciating pain of dry socket. I ran down to the dentist where he fixed the problem.

If you smoke, then don't drag too hard, because it will suck out the natural healing properties within the hole, which is trying to heal itself.

If you drink liquids, don't drink sucking out of a straw, for it will do the same thing as smoking, when one is bad on the cigarette to get the smoke out.

Do not flush your mouth with extensive pressure. That will contribute to dry socket as well.

But by hearing what you've said so far, almost 9 days without pain, you must be doing something right. Just keep doing what you're doing...lol
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 20, 2008, 8:27 pm
Thank you Jap69 and pacattack. I don't smoke and I am avoiding drinking from a straw and I try to be gentle when I flush my mouth. I am beginning to believe that I need to just be patient and let my gums have time to heal themselves. Thank you all for the advice.
konaneComment by konane - February 21, 2008, 8:55 am
Check with your doctor's office and follow their recommendations. Good luck, hope you heal very soon.
konaneComment by konane - February 21, 2008, 8:56 am
Edit ..... dentist's office.    Coffee not kicked in fully! LOL
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 21, 2008, 1:46 pm
Thank you konane. I am going to continue to let things heal and if it doesn't get better I will be contacting them.
Comment by pacattack05 - February 21, 2008, 2:38 pm
Trust me, If you had dry socket, you'd definitely know it. You wouldn't even have time to write a blog. You'd be making a bee line straight to the nearest dentist in excruciating pain.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 21, 2008, 7:57 pm
Pac, I agree. I think I was just worrying myself after I saw some of my jaw bone.

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