Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Symptoms

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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.

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: 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: 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.

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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.

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: 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.

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