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how long does dry socket take to heal?

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PrammyMammy Tue 26-Jan-10 22:03:01

I had a tooth extracted on Thursday, have been in complete pain over the weekend and had to go back today. They said i have dry socket and cleaned it out then packed it with a brown cotton thing that stinks.
How long before it heals? Should that be it sorted?

BelleDeChocolateFluffyBunny Tue 26-Jan-10 22:05:24

Really soon, mine took about 5 days IIRC, the cotton really helps, I remember the pain easing really quickly once it had been packed. It took a while for the gum to spread over the gap though.

kittywise Tue 26-Jan-10 22:06:24

Mine took a couple of monthssad

kittywise Tue 26-Jan-10 22:07:45

Yes the pain eased almost immediately once packed, but it took at lot of packs and ABs to sort it, sorry!

oh it's horrid isn't it?
i had it and it was absolute agony.

the stuff they packed it with fell out and i had to have it done again, it did the job though.
the pain reduced tremendously.

takes ages for the actual hole to completely heal though

PrammyMammy Tue 26-Jan-10 22:20:26

It is horrible. I had 2 natural births, but am crying with pain and on pain killers every 2 hours for a tooth extraction, it is crazy.

So the hole heals, phew i had visions of me picking rice out of it for the rest of my days.

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 00:36:34

i had mine done xmas eve 2008 and my dentist took 1 hr to get my back tooth out. The root was curled and by the time he had finished the socket had stopped bleeding...therefore no blood clot formed which is necessary for the bottom to granulate and heal.I have a high pain threshold but this was driving me mad

By boxing day i was crawling up the walls and ready to throw myself under a bus with the pain.
I looked ashen. Ended up twice at A and E and had that brown yucky stuff you mentioned packed in and given pethidine tablets. A and E actually put some of that stuff in a bottle so i could pack it myself.Its stuffed with clove oil and taste disgusting,but it works temporarily as it calms the open nerve down.
Dentist re anaesthetised area to give me some temporary relief. He knew he had cocked up and should have asked the senior partner to intervene.
I was in complete shock.
It took a complete month to become bearable. I could see the white bone of my jaw bone showing through the hole.

Apparently it happens to people who smoke or have smoked ,so i must have been unlucky as i never have.
The senior partner has now said that if i have any more removed he will cut the gums and then stitch them so that this doenst happen again.He was good enough to come out and treat me on Xmas day.
It wasnt his fault...i was just unlucky.
Keep baging ibuprofen and get some 30/500 co-codamol from the doc or if it is severe ,pethidine tablets short term.

BelleDeChocolateFluffyBunny Wed 27-Jan-10 00:40:00

The hole heals over so there's just gum there. I still remember the torture though, it's been 2 years now. The dentist tried root canal but his fingers were on the chunky side and my mouth wouldn't open wide enough so he had to pull it out. sad

I really feel for you.

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 00:50:39

yeah the hole does eventually heal over in most people but my dentist stitched mine to stop the pain as mine was taking so long. Had to remove a piece of splintered bone about 3 months after aswell. This worked its way to the surface and was really sharp.

jasper Wed 27-Jan-10 01:06:06

predisposing factors for dry socket:

Patient is young, female , smoker

Tooth is molar/lower , difficult extraction, lots of anaesthetic needed.

May be as few as 2 days or several weeks before it heals

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 09:26:51

i never used to be frightened at all of the dentist and ive had loads of root canals and crowns,now i am petrified after that one hour extraction

My sympathies, a dry socket is horrid, I know sad. Mine healed relatively quickly after the first medication of smelly brown thingy. I didn't need ABs.

Oh my goodness Alypaly, that's horrific!
Btw, I never used to mind seeing a dentist too, but since the extraction (quite traumatic) that caused the dry socket I have been dreading sitting on a dentist's chair.

PrammyMammy Wed 27-Jan-10 13:51:12

Aly, that is scary to read. I was on the chair for 90 minutes so maybe that had something to do with it.
I just took some co-codamol that i was prescribed for whiplash, so it feels reasonable the now - but still horrible. All i can taste is that stuff.

I don't/never have smoked. Am not on the pill. Didn't use a straw.

Can't wait till it is over. I am going to a party on saturday, with a big fat face.

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 17:36:59

gosh 90 minutes...was that for one extraction. No wonder you have a dry socket. The clot will have been moved away.
Thats why they always say rinse carefully after an extraction because they dont want you to wash the blood clot away.

I am really scared of having any problems....and annoyed that it was assumed i was a smoker when i have never touched the stuff.
It was a back molar.....where was yours prammy

PrammyMammy Wed 27-Jan-10 18:20:14

Yeah, it was just the one, upper left 6. Someone walked into me at work and hit my chin causing it to break above the gum so they had to take it out.
It makes you terrified eh, when they were rinsing it yesterday i was tense, whereas before i wasn't scared at all.

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 18:57:25

mine was a lower molar and all the root was clawed so it would never have come out easily[scared emotion]

Purplebuns Wed 27-Jan-10 18:59:33

I had this and went for two weeks thinking I was just being a wimp...

When I went back to have more teeth, removed the dentist packed it then. And mentioned that the bone starts to die shock and that is what really hurts?

I think it took about two weeks for the pain to go away.

I had it in two sockets and one tooth took 45 mins to come out so I guess that is why.

I hope you feel better soon, it is awful

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 19:06:21

no pain killers seem to work ,but that awful brown gooey thread stuff seems to be the best but it doesnt stay in the hole long enough.

Ive ended up with a really bumpy jaw bone where it was splintered so i am dreading ever having false teeth as i am sure it will rub....and i could never afford implantsshock

shivster1980 Wed 27-Jan-10 19:23:45

You could try rubbing oragel on the gum as an extra pain relief. I have found the best over the counter painkiller to be Paramol. They are a paracetamol/dihydrocodeine combination. Also Corsodyl mouthwash is good as an antiseptic.

I have had two extractions sad both from bottom set.
The first was hideous and it took ages to extract and the dentist kept slipping and belting my top teeth with the instruments. I remember saying "I only want one bloody tooth out!" through the anesthetic and instruments in my mouth.
Then I got dry socket!

The second was worse. The guy was a bloody butcher. Pulling and yanking at it for ages and then chopping it in half with the drill shock Then he let me leave with blood all over my chin. However one good thing about that extraction was I told the dentist about my previous dry socket and antibiotics and he prescribed a low dose as a preventative measure which worked and thank God I didn't have to go back to him!!

Dry socket is bloody hideous - OP I hope you feel better soon!

Purplebuns Wed 27-Jan-10 19:37:14

Difflam is a really, really good anaesthetic mouthwash, I think it may be prescription only though.

alypaly Wed 27-Jan-10 20:24:31

only supposed to rinse with a diluted salt solution after an extraction.

You can buy difflam OTC but its mainly given out for gargling for sore throats

shibsy Sat 24-Nov-12 11:05:53

HELP DRY SOCKET HELL! I just found this thread by accident and it seems a lot of people have had this. I am 40 yrs old, have 3 yr old twins and a 6 year old and am now a lone parent so you can imagine...this is NO walk in the park for me (not that it is for anyone!). I have had this for one month and one day with no improvement. I have had the clove dressings, the flushing with corsadyl, I am on my 5th course of antibiotics. I have had one maxofax doc say that it's much too long for the dry socket to be causing it and the roots must be infected (Ihad a coronectomy where my back wisdom tooth roots were left in as they were so close to the nerve they were concerned about nerve damage). She said that there would be no other cure but to take out the roots! The very next day I saw a consultant in the same hospital, same dept who said that is most likey NOT the case and it's just the dry socket! I told him about everyone saying the healing has taken too long for that...even my dentist thought that but I have seen some of you say you had it 2 years!!!!!!!! Everything I look at online says 3 weeks maximum! The maxfax consultant did not seem to think that was the case. Can anyone tell me if they have had an unusually long healing time for this condition and if it did in fact, finally resolve? I am so depressed at this point, can't sleep, can't eat! Had to send my kids to their Dads and even have them miss one day of school (as he is so far away) because I feel I can't cope and just need some rest. Please help!

Jbocco Thu 03-Jan-13 14:11:26

Gosh I feel for you all. I have a tooth taken out exactly two weeks ago. It was supposed to be a filling, but after 20 mins of drilling and scraping, the dentist said he could not save it and wanted to extract it. I agreed. After 5 injections and an hour later there was no sign of the tooth coming out. He then said he needed to break the tooth in to pieces to get it out. which i had to agree to as there was no other way. After what seemed like for ever, pulling and tugging and using loads of different tools, he then said, he thought he had got it out, but was unsure if the roof was completely out. He said not to worry and if ther root was still in the gum it would come out by itself, naturally. I was in agony all over christmas with it. Last thursday I went to the emergency dentist, who said it was a dry socket and filled it with the packing stuff. The pain went al most imemediately, but within 2 days it fell out and the pain was back. I went to a different dentist on Monday (new years eve). He washed the socket out and re-packed it which was absolute agony, I don't ever think i have experienced such pain before, and I have given birth to 6 kids !!! anyway he took an xray and said the root is still in there ! If it didn't settle down within a few weeks, the root would need cutting out. After ten mins of severe agony the pain started to fade. and has been okay till today (2 weeks after extraction). so the packing has come out again, back to the dentist this afternoon, you can see all the bone in there and there is no sign of the socket healing !!! I have no idea what to do next, I can not stand the pain of him rinsing and packing it again, expecially as there is no sign that it is making it heel. I have a bit of a dentist phobia too, which is making things worse, I shake ridicously throughout any treatment, and almost get to the point of colapsing, which is so embarassing. I really do not want to have my gums cut they are so sore at the moment. and I forgot to add I am now on course 3 of antibiotics. ! I have 5 children to look after and hubby is back at work, I am so miserable at the moment, I don't want to go out because the pain is so bad and I feel sick and dizzy all the time ! any help would be appreciated, how long is this going to last !

shefon Mon 14-Jan-13 11:46:13

Try using clove oil! It is a miracle I also have dry socket I rinse my mouth at least 4 times a day with Listerine and anytime after I eat anything! You can put some on a piece of folded up gauze, cotten ball or even on a q tip and rub or put on the socket it don't take much of the oil to work either! Clove oil taste nasty! and does burn a bit but, OMG it is fantastic at removing the pain! I got it at GNC I heard that walgreens carries it also but the ones here did not. I don't know how long it takes to heal but clove oil is my best friend until it does [wing]

mummykel86 Sat 16-Nov-13 19:17:48

Pls help ! I had a very horrible tooth extraction 90mins and a very sore mouth later it finally came out! 2 hospital trips and 2 dentist trips they advise me i have dry socket they pack it twice but it falls out. I have started packing it myself with cotton wool with clove oil on! Takes the pain away almost immediately. I then take out and re do when the pain starts again. However im really worried im hindering the healing process pls help???

patty22681 Tue 26-Nov-13 20:41:48

You are doing the right thing with the clove oil. I am experiencing a dry socket myself and will see the dentist tomorrow for professional treatment. But after many hours of research I'm seeing that you should continue using the oil for pain relief and control. Your body will heal itself in time. The best thing you can do is rinse your mouth with warm salt water in between the clove oil to keep it clean, followed by the oil. You are not hindering the healing process. Don't worry.

emmlee Sun 15-Dec-13 17:05:59

i am suffering with dry socket at the moment, ive got it packed by the dentist but it feels like it is stretching out my gum, is this a normal feeling? and should the packing stay in the socket? am worried this will hinder healing time as the gum cant close over?? thanks in advance x

toomsri1970s Thu 30-Jan-14 20:39:05

wow! I had exactly what you explained, really exactly, had tooth taken out Thursday with worse digging ever and ended up with a chip tooth still left in the socket. Friday I was in agony all day thinking it was the pain from all those digging, whole weekend I was in bad pain. Went to the dentist Monday and she said it got infected and she cleaned the socket out and stuffed the brown woolly thing in the socket and said it should dissolve itself, and gave antibiotic to take for 5 days. After 3 days of taken antiobiotic, I was still in pain and this is no way pain from infection, so phoned the dental practise but couldn't speak to the dentist instead the manager rung back and gave me an appointment for next day morning which was yesterday, I went the dentist cleaned out the socket and again put in the woolly brown stuff and said I had whats called 'dry socket' and it should get better gradually. As the matter of fact after that brown woolly stuff is in, the pain is certainly going and hopefully should be gone by tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Mrscupcake23 Thu 30-Jan-14 22:31:21

I had a tooth removed today and the clot has just come out. Is it ok to start with salt water now? I had dry socket last time I had a tooth removed really don't want it againsad.

Would antibiotics help to heal it ?

toomsri1970s Thu 30-Jan-14 22:37:31

well my dentist told me to use salt water next day and no hot drink first day, so I suggest you wait till tomorrow. hope you feel better soon.

toomsri1970s Thu 30-Jan-14 22:39:21

well my dentist told me to use salt water next day, didn't your dentist tell you that?

Mrscupcake23 Fri 31-Jan-14 14:57:35

Yes he did but I have had two out already and both got an infection it . I just wanted to be extra careful . Again it's really hurting today , I hate teeth.

LightastheBreeze Fri 31-Jan-14 16:59:38

I had a old broken wisdom tooth out today and dentist said to start the salt rinses tomorrow. I am terrified of dislodging the clot as that is when the pain starts. i had dry socket on a previous extraction and it was hell.

All my other extractions apart from the one (I've had a fewblush) have been OK though cos I have been very careful after reading about dry socket.

Mrscupcake23 Fri 31-Jan-14 19:05:34

Yes I dislodged the clot last night I am in pain today I wish I hadn't .

LightastheBreeze Fri 31-Jan-14 19:55:52

I think if the clot has come out you have to have it packed or it doesn't heal and gets very painful because the hole is all exposed. I can remember the pain from when it happened to me

Mrscupcake23 Fri 31-Jan-14 21:50:36

Yes the pain has got worse

Slightlyneuroricnat Tue 18-Feb-14 09:22:51

Is it all sorted now?
My journey is only just starting with a bloody dry socket

Joladybugg Wed 26-Feb-14 23:25:38

Oh my days ... Sounds like a bit of a horror story for everyone ... Well I'm on day 6 after surgery should be feeling better but nope getting worse goes to dentist dry socket .... Really hard work looking after 2 year old on melt own in pain without having to make such trips to hospital .... They have packed my tooth but haven't give me a follow up no going back in couple of days or are all in fact no prescription ..... Is this normal ???

1944girl Wed 26-Feb-14 23:34:21

Ouch this has awoken old memories I'd rather forget. I had a dry socket ages ago and it is sheer hell.I would not wish the pain on my worst enemy.

Dawndonnaagain Thu 27-Feb-14 21:57:37

Dh had this at Christmas. Clove Oil really helped. I hope you all feel better, he did seem to go to hell and back!

tommy567 Sun 02-Mar-14 18:34:01

I had a serious car accident nov 24th 2013, i broke 2 neck vertebrae, broke 7 ribs, had a punctured lung as well as a pneumothorax, OPEN fracture of the tibia, fractured ankle, fractured fibula and ruptured spleen. six operations, lots of plastic surgery involving free flap surgery (which failed and there were even leeches used for a week to try salvage it - see this out for interest:, followed by a distal pedicle sural flap (to fill the whole in the leg). AND THEN, after ALL this, 3 months later (still healing and still can't walk but doing much better), i started experiencing tooth ache. i had a couple root canals (non eventful) and then the pain went and then was need of an extraction (allegedly). The extraction took near on an hour and the tooth was drilled in half to get it out. Pain started 4 days post extraction, EXTREME pain, thought it was normal and rinsed mouth with salt water for that whole day and next morning. The salt water is a mistake with dry socket. Pain was EXTREME++ for half an hour post swirling round mouth. Long short, dry socket, even the dentist didn't ever mention this diagnosis. However, the dentist wanted to use some of his new equipment so instead of doing the usual for dry socket, took some of my blood and using a centrifuge, isolated the plasma, then filled the hole with this and stitched it up. Anaesthetic wore off that evening, again, PAINFUL as hell. so day 7, Face throbbing, jaw aching all over left side as if I'd been chewing for 10 hours non-stop, dull and sharp pains round gum area and adjacent teeth and pain creeping up to left ear and migraines. 1g paracetemol + 600mg ibuprofen did sweet sod all. Luckily my gf was carrying some co-codamol 500/30 (so paracetemol and codeine respectively). This really does help, thank God, but only had two pills so necked them and then had to fight through rest of night.. The dentist didn't diagnose with dry socket but filled the hole with my own blood plasma (used in dentistry for post surgery blah blah, PRP its called). This did f all. Next day called dentist, he referred me to maxillofacial surgeon (the one amazing thing he actually did do). This lady sorted it straight away. she cleaned it out (said there was no plasma left, i.e. it had just seeped out through the stitches, said she doesnt believe in that sh*t anyway) and cleaned the bone (man that was PAIN) and also got it to bleed again. She then packed with ALVOGYL (thank you my new best friend). PAIN, even after packed, I thought, F***, will this really work but was pleased cos she told me no fracture of jaw and really seemed to know what was up: i.e. dry socket. Ten mins later, pain GONE!!! F* I was ecstatic!!!!! SERIOUSLY. It's now been a week, there's been zero pain the WHOLE time. BUT, just this evening, some mild aching has started in the area. This just petrifies me. Scared it will come back. Just want to know, is it normal for the pain to creep back and then to go get some more alvogyl and continue in this cycle until completely healed, or what?

dansus72 Sun 23-Mar-14 20:12:15

Dry socket is nightmare, taking action quickly can mitigate the worst of the pain. If you have it, there is no clot, so you can rinse with hot salt water. Im told to stay off the mouth rinses like Corsodyl for a few days but ok after that.

First off, get down the dentists and get some of that brown gauze in there. Once that has taken, you can rinse and i was given a syringe with a plastic needle to clean out the area after eating, this worked well for me to reduce soreness after eating.

Im told it can take up to a year to fully heal, but should ok after 6-8 weeks.

Shellw21 Fri 01-Aug-14 09:55:58

Hey my dentist never told me when to take the gaze out all he said was to keep it in as long as possible, when should I take it out because I don't want it to get stick in there confused

Linda31 Wed 13-Aug-14 18:07:10

i had a dry socket and the pain was unbelievable, my heart goes out for everyone going through it. ibuprofein and paracetamol didnt help, but codeine did, so ask your doctor to prescribe that, it helped immediately, i felt the most immense relief and gratitude after that. also, go to the dentist, so they can cause a bleeding to the dry socket so that a new blood clot will form. i did that plus the codeine and the healing started. i also took homeopathy and natural remedies to aid and help with the healing:ruta graveolans for the healing of the dry socket (100 c every hour/few hours) and hypericum 100c (every hour) for the nervous pain. healing started the next day after i started taking these....noni juice and 3000 mg of vitamin c (lots of noni juice i took) and natures antibiotics to prevent an infection (olive leaf extract, grapeseed oil and oregano oil) . i also put extra virgin coconut oil on the dry socket at least once an hour to help fight off and prevent infection and help the healing. probiotics help fighting off infection as well, i took plenty of them as well. all these together and a week and and a half of terrible pain started healing in one/two days.

cyrenasmommy51514 Thu 28-Aug-14 06:09:29

Oh my goodness !!!! I'm feeling for you all !!! I have a 3 and a half month old and I had her 9.5 lb self no problem !! This is hell, hydros aren't even working anymore, this is a world of hell !!! I broke 2 molers when I was pregnant and couldn't save them, and on top of that I had my wisdoms coming in but had no room for them. Went through antibiotics 3 times while I was pregnant because of infections !!!! Finally had her in May and scheduled my dental surgery and had all 6 taken out at once on the 20th. I was doing good until my clot fell out on my bottom left where both wisdom and far back left moler was removed.... I've been trying to tough it out and not go but I think I'm going to have to go because my 7.5 hydros are no longer working, they just make me really high and sometimes tired !!! Which is a no no with a teething 3 and a half month old and going to college full time !!!! My mouth is still bruised to boot !! And I can't open my mouth very far, does anybody know how long that'll last !!! It's difficult not being able to make my baby giggle because she's in the giggling stage now !!! I'm getting pain all down the bottom left side of my mouth, getting a very painful ear ache and now the migraines are starting which I already get them to the point where I end up puking and don't want to get my baby sick. Also randomly get blood tinged spit and can constantly taste it and it doesn't taste too great, is it from the dry socket ??? Thank you in advanced everyone !!!

SayItHowIt1s Fri 17-Oct-14 09:59:24

Good news There's something you can buy OTC ( over the counter) andd its a gods send from heaven its called (RedCross Toothache Pain Kit) get them at the pharmacy but I Promise you 30 seconds pain starts to subside and 5 min NO PAIN

Springheeled Tue 18-Nov-14 15:03:33

Sorry to resurrect thread but I have dry socket and have just had it packed: did people take time off work?

twinsmommy2005 Wed 24-Dec-14 15:20:50

I am new here, and found this site while I searched 'dry socket'
As I type I am in much pain, but on the bearable part. Its been 10 days since I had my wisdom tooth pulled out & 4 days back this horrid pain reared its ugly head..sad
(I am trying to be witty haha)
So, when does this pain go?
My dentist did a medicated dressing, but I needed to take the painkiller every 3-4 hours.
This pain is WAY WORSE than the actual wisdom tooth pain. It starts as soon as the effect of the medication starts to die sad


chriskeys Fri 26-Dec-14 10:28:06

I don't fall into any of the relevant categories for a dry socket. I am over seventy, have never smoked and it has never happened with any of the three other teeth I have had removed during my lifetime, two of those were wisdom teeth which apparently are particularly prone). I have since spoken to others who have suffered the same and there doesn't seem to be any relevant pattern with them either, as none fall into the categories mentioned. I had this tooth out on the 12th December and have been back to the dentist twice to have it plugged but the plug works its way out after 24 hours or so. I can't go back now until next week - if I can get an appointment!! as they are closed so am just living on painkillers until then.

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