Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Symptoms


What symptoms did you have when you had dry socket? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Itwillbe OK, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 30

I must first say that I had dry socket with so much pain but it did go away, so now I am 100 percent fine and healed. So don’t lose hope, it will be fine. But the place must heal without the blood clot and takes more time. My dry socket pain lasted about 25 days before it went away. So 25 days with a lot of pain and the next the 5-7 days, I could take one 800 mg ibuprofen and it took all the pain away. The thing that helped the most was Alveogyl that I got.

Comment from: Kirstyn , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I was diagnosed with dry socket today, on the 7th day after my impacted lower wisdom teeth were extracted. I started feeling increased pain on the 3rd day. I’ve had TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues in the past so I attributed my pain to that. For me, at its worst, dry socket was an 8.5 on a pain scale of 10. My jaw throbbed and my temples hurt. Sleep was challenging even with painkillers. I followed all of the post-operation instructions and still ended up with it. Push for a follow-up sooner rather than later.

Comment from: Nylon88, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I’ve had two wisdom teeth removed over the last five years, no stitches. I’m female and 30 years old, with considerable dental problems. I smoked after day three, covering the site with damp gauze. I would not advise it but I did not get dry socket. I almost had a breakdown reading about dry socket compulsively every day! Please don’t do this. Just don’t spit in the first 24 hours and swish prescription mouthwash/salt water by moving your head around (nothing vigorous). You should be fine!

Comment from: Never again , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Day 4 after tooth extraction I went back to the surgeon to find I had dry socket and lockjaw as the result of an unusually difficult removal of my bottom right wisdom tooth (other three came out just fine and are all healed completely at day 10). I had the dry socket packed with clove oil. There was nothing they could do for lockjaw, just massage and force my mouth open several times through the day. Now I'm on day 12 and it is 2:30 in the morning as I'm writing this because I am in such pain that I cannot sleep.

Comment from: autsch, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

My upper molar was removed 7 days ago. The dentist gave me clindamycin and refuses to pack the area where the jaw bone screams at me. My previous dentist gave me a small jar full with packing material home with me, I was able to pack it by myself, it healed in 14 days, and pain was gone. But this guy does not 'believe' in packing a dry socket, he prescribes pain medicines and antibiotics keep the pharmaceutical companies happy, but nothing helps. Off I go to an emergency dentist. COVID-19 makes a trip even more scary.

Comment from: LouLou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I had severe throbbing straight after having my upper premolar extracted. This then turned into excruciating tooth ache and throbbing in the tooth adjacent to the extraction. Dentist confirmed dry socket - you can actually see all the bone. He has cleaned but not packed it, and prescribed antibiotics and painkillers, but they haven’t helped. On day 8, still no relief from the pain at all.

Comment from: shannon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I am a 51 year old female. I had a partially impacted bottom wisdom tooth out 4 days ago. I have nerve damage... lip, gums, teeth and chin are all numb with bouts of burning pain. My symptoms were nasty taste and smell, and I noticed a large empty socket. No pain. Oral surgeon confirmed dry socket today. He said reason for lack of pain is because of the nerve damage. He only irrigated, no packing. I guess packing is only for pain. Worried it won't heal properly.

Comment from: Tam, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had my lower left wisdom tooth extracted a week ago today, the pain from dry socket started about 2 days after extraction. I have constant throbbing pain going across my jaw into my ear, up into my temple and around my eye socket. I've taken an obscene amount of pain relief and nothing touches it. I also have a foul taste and a coating on my tongue. Sleepless nights and barely eating. I've never experienced such pain.

Comment from: Sandie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

Not great pain from my dry socket, but visible bone and really bad breath after two extractions had me back to the dentist in a panic. She flushed out socket and packed it with clove like paste and gave me antibiotics. Just started pills today, extraction was four days ago. Just hope the dreaded throb doesn't happen as I heal.


Dry Socket See pictures of dental procedures and oral health conditions See Images
Comment from: Eck, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I had pain from dry socket starting a day or two after full extraction. It was mostly in the lower left bottom teeth at the back. Continuous pain like nerves were damaged. I took ibuprofen, then indomethacin and Tylenol 3 for pain. No relief until I started using a bit of Crest advanced, to rinse my mouth. My tongue felt swollen and had a white coating. After a few days of using Crest like a mouthwash I started to heal and it helped with the pain a bit too. The Crest 'gum detoxify' seemed to help as well.

Comment from: Alex, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had several teeth out. Most complex was left lower fully horizontal impacted. I ended up with an excruciating dry socket. It was only on day 8 of pain medicines not working, and antibiotics not working I went to the hospital where I was treated properly. They cleaned out the hole, scraped inside it a lot to make it re-bleed and form a clot then they packed it. Instant relief. I'm on day 14 now still slight aches but that's all. Worst pain I've ever experienced. Make sure you push to get the correct care.

Comment from: Dollie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I wonder if anyone else has developed shortness of breath from a dry socket. A couple of days after the pain started, I just came home from 2 days at the hospital with no diagnosis or pain medicines! I told 5 different doctors I believed it to be from dry socket, they said no way. I am at a loss, and getting sicker every day.

Comment from: Mic, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had 2 teeth pulled by the dentist with medicines in the mouth compressed with cloth. I asked her what I needed to do and she walked away. Finally she printed something out, then I got home and had burning. She said to take the compress on it. I went back 2 days later and she said the medicines she put in mouth were gone. She rinsed out the dry socket with a medicinal swish in the mouth. I went again with pain, she took x-ray and said it was healing. Said she could re-scrape it. I can't handle the pain, and no pain killers.

Comment from: Sandy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I removed my wisdom tooth last week Thursday. I started having dry socket pains a few days after. This pain is something else. I didn’t think it will last this long. All the painkillers have now stopped working and the pain keeps on increasing each day. I went back to the dentist on the fourth day and he packed it. I thought it was gone for good. Now it is back and more painful than before. I don’t even know what to use besides painkillers. Sleepless nights and I am having to go to work in the morning. I have never suffered like this.

Comment from: Mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I don’t know why it hurts in my dry socket when I rinse. Also, it's been 7 days after the extraction of my tooth and it still hasn't healed.

Comment from: C2pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

Throbbing pain was my symptom of dry socket!

Comment from: Skippy Sue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a really bad toothache from dry socket. I also had a very painful spot on my gum. I felt like I had flu.

Comment from: Joanne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

Dry socket felt like I had been punched in the lower jaw, with a horrible taste in the mouth. I had no toothache pain, this was because my nerve had died before the extraction.

Comment from: Robydoby803 , 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 13

My poor husband had a wisdom tooth pulled last week (and one last year as well). Two days later the pain was way worse than it had been. He’s now had to stay home from work for 2 days, because even after going back to the dentist and having the dry socket repacked, he’s still in awful pain. This morning he complained he was nauseous too. He did take Tylenol and he said it helped with the pain. He’s also using clove oil (just be sure to dilute, last year he didn’t and it burned a hole in his cheek).

Comment from: Anonymous , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

Dry socket was the worst pain I ever experienced. I had pain all along the jaw line, in the ear and temple. It was the worst at night when you attempt to lie down.


What causes tooth decay? See Answer
Comment from: Dawn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I had my bottom right wisdom tooth out 6 days ago. One day after, I started with bad breath, throbbing in my lower jaw and cheek, and my head felt like it was caving in. My temples were crushing through my eye sockets. I have had to wear sunglasses as the light was blinding me. My ears kept popping. The dentist said it is a dry socket and packed it. I have been back a further 3 times and now hospital for x-ray as this pain is something else. I have tried 2 different antibiotics and codeine along with paracetamol. I can’t cope.

Comment from: circawdm, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 29

Bad breath, bad taste in mouth, dull aching pain in cheek up into temple and soreness under the eye (where upper sinuses are) were my dry socket symptoms.

Comment from: br0oklyn94, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I got 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed 7 days ago. Unfortunately I’m a smoker. However, I took all other precautions seriously. I rinsed gently with warm salt water for first 1 to 3 days. Started using the syringe after day 5 to clean out food debris. I cannot tell if I officially have dry socket. I have the radiating pain everyone is experiencing however taking the ibuprofen prescribed to me has relieved the pain within minutes.

Comment from: Zinniacz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had pain and swelling from dry socket that got better up until day four and then was worse. I rinsed and spit out yellow gob of nasty smelling infection. I had the worst pain on one side at day four.

Comment from: Talia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I am on day 6 with dry socket now. I still have extreme ear pain and constant throbbing. The Myprodol and Mybulen have stopped working. I got a gauze that tasted like clove and numbed the area for a few hours but pain is still there, a constant terrible throbbing pain.

Comment from: SCpain30, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

Lower left wisdom and molar were extracted, as well as lower right wisdom tooth. Pain from dry socket started on day 4, throbbing on the left side in the jaw, radiating up into my ear. Plus headaches that will not go away! Today is day 6, and I'm returning to the oral surgeon tomorrow. I'm 30, if that matters.

Comment from: Miss Faith, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I do understand what exactly you are going through and how much pain. I removed my wisdom teeth, both upper and lower, last Monday the 9th April 2018. I have done this before on my left side and this is the right side. After three days till Saturday my pain got worse. I couldn't sleep at all, up till today I haven't got a sleep properly. I have developed a dry socket. I went to see my dentist on Wednesday. He removed the stitches, confirmed it is a dry socket and treated it with the dry socket paste. I was fine yesterday, today it is very painful again, and it is my right ear now. I don't know how to take care of it. I can barely eat. I’m kind of on a liquid diet. My dentist said there was no need to come back. I am desperate. Too much to do but I couldn't get a good night’s sleep.

Comment from: Terra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had 3 wisdom teeth removed a month ago today. The pain from dry socket is still unbearable. I have given birth 3 times without medication and have never felt this pain. It is very depressing. I am unable to eat, sleep or get a second’s relief. I am starting to feel helpless (and like a horrible wife and mother, very useless). I returned to the oral surgeon today and he still thinks it is dry socket and states he can see the bone. The area was packed today and will be again tomorrow. The pain radiates up to my ear. I went to the clinic one weekend to see if maybe somehow I had an ear infection (negative). I have been on antibiotics and a steroid without relief. I take 4 ibuprofen way too many times a day, use ice packs regularly and sleep with a mouth guard. I feel when people ask how I’m doing and the tears begin falling, they think I am being dramatic. I have been told this could be caused by my age multiple times (I am 38 and do not smoke, use a straw or gargle harshly). I hope someone reads my story and sees that I know you hurt, I know you feel helpless and I know you want to give up. The pain is real and I am sorry. I hope to be able to come back shortly with an 'it will end and you will get better' story.

Comment from: Ray, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 28

Four wisdom teeth were extracted. According to the surgeon, it was a difficult extraction with the teeth roots well established. Pain began on lower left at day 3. I had throbbing in left jaw, intense ear pain, and throbbing behind left eyeball. Pain management was done with Tylenol 3 and Advil. On day 7, sudden pain identical to left started on the right side. I went back to the surgeon and was informed it was a dry socket. It was irrigated and packed with clove oil in dissolving wad. Relief started within 1 hour and lasted for one day on left side and 2 days on right side. Pain is back and I am using T3s again. I will be going back to get it re-packed.


Dental Problems: Tooth Decay, TMJ, Mouth Pain Causes & Treatments See Slideshow
Comment from: Leah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had extreme pain in my left ear, shooting up into my head. It's been 2 weeks since I had my tooth out, and it still really hurts. I went back last week, and the pain was incredible. The dentist put a gel in the dry socket, she gave me antibiotics, and now 1 week later, I have extreme pain, I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: jenny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

When I had dry socket I had excruciating throbbing pain and codeine didn't help much. This started the 3rd day after wisdom tooth was taken out. Now day 6, I saw the dentist, had the wound washed out with cold water spray, and then coated to numb it. I have to take antibiotics for 5 days. I do hope this does the trick, never want to have this again as it is so painful. I have not slept for 3 nights, am shattered and depressed.

Comment from: Nanci, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I am into day 30 of dry socket. The pain is like none other. I have been reading stories of people in their dentist offices crying because the pain is excruciating. I too am one of those patients. I know why people are driven to suicide because of pain. It is nothing like I have experienced before, I think the difficult thing is not knowing when it will stop. I have the classic nerve pain along me entire left jaw and up into my ear. The ear pain is something else too. I even asked for a nerve block but they won't do it.

Comment from: ShiaBear , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I feel that I have dry socket but the pain is only in the spots I was stuck with the needle, so it only hurts when touched. But I have a bad taste in my mouth and I don’t know why because I softly brush my teeth and rinse lightly.

Comment from: Fluffee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have really bad throbbing and pain where the extraction was done, a nasty taste around the same area, pain in my lower jaw and also up in and around my eye area and cheek. I am worried it is dry socket.

Comment from: christopher moore , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I had 7 teeth extracted on Tuesday and now I am having excruciating pain. I think its dry sockets.

Comment from: Natcat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

My dentist looked surprised after extracting the tooth in front of upper wisdom tooth. She said it was a dry socket. I never had one before. First 2 nights I took 2 painkillers as a precaution, today is 5th day and I haven't had any pain whatsoever. From 2nd day I rinsed with salty water 3 times a day. In fact this was the easiest extraction I've ever had.

Comment from: lmkdental, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I am a periodontal patient. I have experienced dry socket, and it is very painful and the treatment is worse. Take care of your teeth!

Comment from: flyerfan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I experienced 2 separate dry sockets with impacted wisdom tooth extractions. I was in my early 20s. The pain was excruciating.