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Posted by: Tanya | 2010/10/23

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dry socket

had a lower tooth extracted on Wed 13.10.2010, it was a very traumatic event. I never heard/understood the care instructions. I did stop the blood and gargled vigorously with salt water causing every drop of blood to disappear causing dry socket - as I thought there was a piece of bone sticking out so gargled instead I caused major problems for myself.

Went back on the Thur 14.10.2010, dentist explained what happened she said that my a piece of my bone was broken off and that I have dry socket - she said I must have got food stuck in or rolled my tongue around or stuck my fingers in the hole to have broken the bone and caused the dry socket. I explained what I had done and that I had not stuck my fingers, any other object in my mouth and that I had not eaten and only been on a diet replacement milkshake to fill me up as I have a problem chewing and swallowing my food for a year now.

Anyhow she said I must not lie to her and that I was in fact lying. I am a bit offended by this as I am in my 30''s and don''t find how lying is actually going to help me in the end and also don''t understand how someone can actually lye about wanting help with their painful problem.

Anyway I was prescribed anti biotics and snap forte and told that in about three days or so to come back and maybe have the dry socket cleaned out.

I did some re-search on dry socket and fractures etc. and somehow thought possibly that yes there is definately a dry socket but almost as if a part of the bone that houses your teeth may have splintered/fractured as this felt really out of place on Fri/Sat - and was excruciatingly painful.

By Sat 16.10.2010, I was in shear agony with pain so went back to dentist, she put me in the chair injected me a few times and started cleaning it out, cut some bone away - have no idea what bone and then pushed with some major major force where the bone felt like it was sticking out on the cheak side of my mouth - she said she battled to get the area to bleed again to fill the socket.

Anyway, went home she said the blood will fill and to leave it dont gargle, don''t rinse just leave.

Got home took cotton wool out there was not enough blood went back a few minutes after as I was worried she said it still looked fine that a blood clot was forming.

I dont think there was enough blood as the sever pain started a day after again and even though the hole has closed allot since then it is still open and I am still in pain, the jaw where the bones felt funny are much better and feels pushed in but sitll very tender and still sore, and then it feels like the side of the tooth next to the hole is " buzzing with constant zooming pain" 

I am living on synap forte, because this constant zooming is actually starting to drain my energy levels.

I am a bit embarrased to go back to the dentist as she may be sick of me being so parranoid.

I would like to know though will this hole eventually close on its own - and will the pain stop once the hole has closed? Is there something I can take to get the hole to close faster in order to stop the zooming pain?

Sorry for chewing your ear off - and thank you for listening

Tanya

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

no problem.

Yes, it should close fine. You cold also go for a second opinion if it makes you feel better. I for one think that taking synap forte 8 days after an extraction is not the norm but certainly not unique. if the pain is getting better then you should be ok .

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Posted by: Tanya | 2010/10/24

Thank you so much!

Ok, great if it should close fine - roughly how long would it take to close mine has basically been open now since 13th given the extra trauma it has taken it seems now to be " dormant"  with closing.

It has closed a tremendous amount though and was hoping it would be closed by this evening but no chance of that happening could this take another week to two weeks?

Tanya

Reply to Tanya
Posted by: Dental Expert | 2010/10/23

no problem.

Yes, it should close fine. You cold also go for a second opinion if it makes you feel better. I for one think that taking synap forte 8 days after an extraction is not the norm but certainly not unique. if the pain is getting better then you should be ok .

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