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    Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    I had my wisdom teeth removed this past Monday. I did surprisingly well the next two days after the surgery and the pain was not bad at all. But this morning and most of today I've had a ton of pain on the bottom left side of my mouth, along my farthest back couple of teeth.

    For those that have had dry sockets, what was the tell tail sign for you? Is the pain I'm experiencing most likely dry sockets? And is there any way for them to go away other than going back in and getting them worked on?



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by CynadoAlley View Post
    I had my wisdom teeth removed this past Monday. I did surprisingly well the next two days after the surgery and the pain was not bad at all. But this morning and most of today I've had a ton of pain on the bottom left side of my mouth, along my farthest back couple of teeth.

    For those that have had dry sockets, what was the tell tail sign for you? Is the pain I'm experiencing most likely dry sockets? And is there any way for them to go away other than going back in and getting them worked on?
    Dry sockets... Call first thing tomorrow and get them re-packed. I had to do it after a couple days. Its not worth trying to tough it out. The second they re-pack them the pain goes away. As for tonight you are stuck with pain killers.



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    So it sounds like you lost your wisdom

    I have all four of mine in, and when I got my braces taken off 4 ish years ago my orthodontist said as long as they weren't hurting or bothering me, I could leave them in since I have enough space.

    That said, BEFORE I had to get braces, I had to have 6 baby teeth pulled... My upper and lower canines had extremely deep roots and I was told it would have been very hard to pull them out myself. Being afraid of needles, It was quite the experience to get one shoved directly into my mouth to get it all numb for the pulling.... I hope my "wisdom" gets to stay with me my whole life with no problems



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    I get all four of mine out next Friday. Any advice?



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    My bottom 2 were coming in completely sideways. But the roots hadn't made it to the main nerve part of my cheek so they recommended taking them out before they got any deeper.

    As for advice. I can't say for sure what I did wrong or right (because I think I have dry sockets). I guess, even if you feel fine like I did, be very careful with what you're eating and drinking and how you do so. I think it's been my carelessness that's caused the problem. I felt great after the surgery so I ate probably more than I should have.

    Also, be sure to lay down with your head supported when you get home. Makes the bleeding stop much sooner and I only had to use a couple different gauze (sp?)



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    I made it about a week before the dry socket pain set in this morning. Some Vicodin seemed to help.



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by KFitzy87 View Post
    So it sounds like you lost your wisdom

    I have all four of mine in, and when I got my braces taken off 4 ish years ago my orthodontist said as long as they weren't hurting or bothering me, I could leave them in since I have enough space.

    That said, BEFORE I had to get braces, I had to have 6 baby teeth pulled... My upper and lower canines had extremely deep roots and I was told it would have been very hard to pull them out myself. Being afraid of needles, It was quite the experience to get one shoved directly into my mouth to get it all numb for the pulling.... I hope my "wisdom" gets to stay with me my whole life with no problems
    Make sure you brush them very well. Mine grew in just fine and I was told I would keep them. However, when i was around 26, I started to get a cavity in one of them. The dentist recommended getting them removed so I wouldn't have to keep drilling and filling them. Really was easy for me since I had the room and they were fully emerged. Only had two small stitches on the bottom. The top they just pulled. No packing, just flush with salt water.



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone1306 View Post
    Dry sockets... Call first thing tomorrow and get them re-packed. I had to do it after a couple days. Its not worth trying to tough it out. The second they re-pack them the pain goes away. As for tonight you are stuck with pain killers.
    I concur go in asap.

    Showing my age here, but it was more than 25 years since I had my extracted, and the dry socket pain is still a strong memory.

    I had pain meds just as routine. About two days after the surgery, I woke up every few hours because of pain and took a couple pills. Pain went away for a couple hours, then back.

    About the third dose, during the night, it didn't do anything At All.



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    I get all four of mine out next Friday. Any advice?
    Eat all you can because it's very uncomfortable to eat after. Anesthesia wasn't bad but it depends on the person. Get ready to spit mouthfuls of blood for a couple days after.



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    I get all four of mine out next Friday. Any advice?
    Don't get behind on your pain meds. Even if nothing hurts, still take them as often as advised.

    Spit out the blood if you can, post surgery. I kept swallowing the blood and after a couple hours I puked up a crap load of nasty blood.


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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    I had to go back and get them refilled. I had to wear something that was basically a mouthguard where the packing was in and had to replace them often. And yes, there will be a lot of blood so have fun.


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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    I made fence the day after I had mine out, it was about 100 degrees. I also smoked and so I didnt smoke for 2 weeks cause I was so freaked.

    (i dont smoke anymore btw)



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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    also, the cause of dry sockets is drinking something from a straw or chewing gum right after the initial bleeding is stopped. Basically sucking anything


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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    actually i think the most pain i had with mine were about 2 days after i got them out and i never had dry sockets

    the first day i just slept and the 2nd day they were still pretty numb but the 3rd day it was really swollen and hurt a bit but went away after a day or so so i wouldnt say its dry sockets for sure

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    Re: Wisdom Teeth/Dry Sockets

    When I had my wisdom teeth yanked out in college I had it done on Monday of spring break. I woke up Wednesday night/Thursady morning with pain so intense it was nearly blinding. Vicodin! And, get back to your dentist ASAP! You don't want a full blown infection!

    This is a good overview, WebMD.

    For roughly 6 weeks I had to go back to the oral surgeon weekly and have the holes packed with cloves in gauze. I *hate* the taste of cloves.

    I had a root canal a couple months ago ... It didn't work, oh, and that $850 is not refundable and insurance covers about a third. Had that tooth pulled out 4 weeks ago and a temp bridge put in 2 weeks ago. That lasted 3 days before it came unglued. It is so sensitive once it's prepped for a bridge that breathing hurts when the bridge is MIA. Got the permanent bridge yesterday and the world is finally right. After insurance, I wrote a check for a little under $1,200 for the latest round of dental work.

    Lesson learned = avoid root canals at all costs!


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