Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Treatment


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Comment from: simplegirl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

All my four wisdom teeth were removed 8 days ago. I developed dry socket; the worst pain I've ever had. The dentist packed my dry socket with a clove oil soaked gauze. I t helped, but the taste was so awful I kind of wanted the pain back. The clove made me nauseous. I got chills and sweats and more nausea. Really hate wisdom teeth.

Comment from: Brown Horse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I got a tooth out and the pain was the worst. It was confirmed to be a dry socket. I got a clove oil dressing and was back every two days to replace. Now I have an infection with smell and a rotten taste in mouth. My whole mouth is sore including jaw, eye, head and ear. The worst pain ever in my whole life. This is day 6 and no better. I am on 6 antibiotic pills a day and 8 Co-codamol pills; pure torture. If I'd known this, I would have opted for root canal treatment instead. Hope the pain goes soon. Not hopeful.

Comment from: Shelley, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had dry socket and it was so painful. I treated mine by gargling with warm as possible but not hot salt water rinses plus I also swished my mouth with one cap TCP (tricalcium phosphate) to 3 caps water rinses 4 times daily. This helped numb the pain and helps kill infection. I also took Co-codamol 30/500 mg for pain and also antibiotic clarithromycin 500 mg twice a day. Also I found alternating between ice pack and heat packs helpful. My dry socket started 24 hours after extraction and now 72 hours later it is starting to heal nicely.

Comment from: Bibi , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I was just advised to take pain killers and was prescribed antibiotics for dry socket, but it is day 9 and the pain is excruciating. I have pain in my ear and nerve pain along the bottom teeth.

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

The dentist cleaned the dry socket out with some sort of antiseptic liquid - he squirted it out of a syringe. Next he packed the socket with some brown fibrous stuff that tasted of cloves. Pain relief was immediate, wonderful.

Comment from: holycownc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had 2 extractions today after taking 4 days of antibiotics to reduce swelling and infection. All my doctor gave me for pain is 800 mg ibuprofen. Nothing else. I think I have a dry socket, it's hurting so bad!

Comment from: QueenB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I honestly almost lost my mind with dry socket! The first time was on my honeymoon, seriously. The pain was to the point of insanity. Excruciating doesn't cover it. Dentist packed it with gauze and clove oil solution. I felt so much better. This time pain it is just as severe, however, I have been dressing it myself with small pieces of sterile cotton dipped in clove oil I purchased at a health food store (of course, after my dentist confirmed it was dry socket), and antibiotics. It was awful, but better.

Comment from: Noshi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had two lower wisdom tooth extracted two weeks back. I was given pain killer every 3 hours. Dry socket developed within two days. I’m on two types of antibiotics and Co-codamol 500 mg 4 times a day. I had two episodes of blurred vision which lasted 20 minutes each. Today is 12th day, my mouth is full of ulcers and there is pain though it’s better than last week. I had dressing 4 to 5 times in 12 days. Review in two weeks but it’s too painful.

Comment from: Teacher Carl, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had a lower wisdom tooth removed at age 50. This was the second, while the first was at age 30. At 30, I got a bad dry socket, and it was treated with packing by the dentist, and pain medicine. Now, at 50, I have another dry socket. The dentist used an awful tasting poultice for packing. It worked until it came out. I prefer the pain and treating with medicine. Yuck!

Comment from: Hez, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I had lower right wisdom tooth extracted. It was not an easy extraction for my dentist or me. The pain is one of the worst and very annoying. My jaw, bone, neck and ear are all aching from the dry socket which gives me a headache. I am in my 10th day and have had two packings with oil of cloves so far which really helps. I was living on Advil but it was not being very effective so my dentist prescribed ketorolac which is a stronger anti-inflammatory and pain medication which does help. But I want this nightmare to be over!


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Comment from: Staey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed yesterday. I went home and that evening I began to scream the house down. I went to an emergency dentist who confirmed I have dry sockets. It has to be the worst pain I've ever felt in my entire life. I am on anti-inflammatory pills, pain killers and 2 types of medication for the infection. I am about 15 hours post operation and I can say that although it is unreal it is starting to get better. I have been gargling salt after every time I drink soup. My extraction points are still bleeding unfortunately which is making it very painful but I was never given any gauze post operation. I coughed all night and dislodged the blood clots and oh my goodness, does it hurt!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I got a tooth pulled and two days later I was experiencing worse pain than when the tooth hurt. Dry socket was diagnosed after going back to the dentist. He cleaned the area up and put in some gel packet and then stitched it up. He gave me Vicodin for the pain. All that did was make me sleep for a little bit but nothing for the pain. My mother suggested naproxen, 1000 mg. I took that and it at least made the pain bearable. It still hurts but at least not so badly that I want to hurt someone. It's going on the second week and I am still hurting just the same. I almost wish I had never gotten the tooth pulled to begin with! I go tomorrow to get the stitches out.

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

Clinically my symptoms were textbook, foul taste with malodorous smell. Upon diagnosis I was treated with packing of medicinal iodoform every other day. It lasted for about 2 weeks.

Comment from: tillie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

Pain became excruciating after two days following wisdom tooth extraction. I had lower and upper jaw pain radiating to temple, eye socket, ear, tongue and neck. I had a disgusting smell and smoky taste, and only strong narcotics relieved the pain until the dentist was able to apply a dressing. It felt as though my teeth and jaw had been smashed, wouldn't wish it upon anyone, horrible experience.

Comment from: Lia Lazarescu, (Patient) Published: December 01

After removal of teeth, the dentists should apply on the wounded gums of the patients, temporary caps made out of soft plastic gel. Such procedure will stop the food from getting into the wound and will drop the risk to the gums. It will also will stop the eventual loss of the blood clot and the dry socket problems. The caps should have very small perforations to let the air to circulate but not to permit remains of food to enter into the holes created in gums.

Comment from: kevin, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I have got bad smell and breath, with a small white clot I think. I have no pain though from the dry socket. I think I need to see the dentist, it has me worried.

Comment from: M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have dry socket after tooth extraction last week, very painful. I just back from the dentist who has packet it with disposable dressing.

Comment from: Three sockets, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

My teeth are bad due to 16 years of steroids for asthma. I had three teeth extracted and have a dry socket in all three teeth. I have been back twice to see the dentist. I am in so much pain I can't sleep. I tried clove oil and over the counter remedies but none of them are helping. I'm in lots of pain.


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