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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?

Megzymalonie Tue 21-Feb-17 05:59:00

I have type 2 diabetes and they are claiming this is why i have the dry socket and why its taking longer to heal. Just have to keep going back and keep getting wadding shoved in when it hurts.

sharkin05 Sun 19-Feb-17 00:18:31

Try 2 paracetamol, and 1 400mg ibuprofen every few hours. I took more than the recommended dose and I didn't die! Also, don't have any cold liquid with your dry socket it makes it worse, and stay out of the cold air! Try paramol which is a strong painkiller too.

sharkin05 Sun 19-Feb-17 00:16:54

I had 3 of my wisdom teeth (2 bottom, top left) out in November under general anaesthetic, and I developed dry socket in my bottom left one. I thought the pain was normal because the dentist said that that one in paticular was a complicated extraction, but after a few days I knew something was not normal.

I was on pain killers every 3 hours, sometimes I couldnt move my body because I was in so much pain and had to lie in bed crying. I didnt eat for 7 days, and eventually I managed to get up and go to the dentist. He flushed it and packed it with this brown gauze stuff which tasted and smelled like clovers. I passed out during this but, immediatley after I left the surgery it felt a lot better. I had to return one more time to the private practice where I got my teeth removed where they re-flushed it and packed it once more. The dentist said any more than 2 times is very rare, my tooth eventually healed after this but I was not right for 3 weeks. My mum and friends also pointed out that my breath STANK!

But yeah, it does eventually go away. But if your'e unsure go back to the dentist to check everything is fine so you don't get an infection. Worst pain i've ever experienced IN MY LIFE.

Beck271 Sat 23-May-15 14:22:49

I had a wisdom tooth out 12 days ago and was in immense pain so went to an Emergancy dentist on a Sunday they removed another tooth �� still in agonising pain I went back to my original dentist who told me it was dry socket I am in so much pain on 2nd course of antibiotics taking pain killers left right and center I really am at my wits end !!!! Help x

Baddz Thu 23-Apr-15 21:05:59

Mine took weeks hmm
Sorry hmm
Regular pain relief - I used soluble co codamol, sleeping with my face on a heat pad, cleaning out the hole with cotton buds after eating confused all helped.
It's miserable though.

bellalouise86 Wed 22-Apr-15 00:37:05

I had a tooth took out a week ago got told I had dry socket two days later hole was filled with the gauze fell out after two days got it really packed yesterday and It's fallen out again tonight worst pain ever!! :-(

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.

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


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?

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

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 !!!

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.

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

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.

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?

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!

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

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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 ???

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

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

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

Yes the pain has got worse

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 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 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 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.

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?

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