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Is this dry socket? Pictures of my healing (tooth extraction

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Posted by: criswilliams  (1 year ago)
I had (4) Wisdom teeth extracted. It has been 4 days since the extractions. 3 of the "holes" feel fine. No extreme pain. One hole, however, is causing me lots of pain. It hurts significantly worse than the other three.

I used my smartphone to take a picture of the painful hole. Here's what it looks like:

http://i49.tinypic.com/2lnz3u8.png

I wanted to know if this looks like dry socket? It's concerning me because this hole hurts significantly more than the other three.
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I had (4) Wisdom teeth extracted. It has been 4 days since the extractions. 3 of the "holes" feel fine. No extreme pain. One hole, however, is causing me lots of pain. It hurts significantly worse than the other three.

I used my smartphone to take a picture of the painful hole. Here's what it looks like:

http://i49.tinypic.com/2lnz3u8.png

I wanted to know if this looks like dry socket? It's concerning me because this hole hurts significantly more than the other three.


A picture of a socket does not really tell me anything about whether the clot is intact inside. From your symptoms, it is likely that you have a dry socket at this extraction site.
Posted 1 year ago
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You can't tell whether or not you have a dry socket based upon how the socket looks in a picture or in person. It depends on your level of pain. If you're in significant pain at this point after surgery, you should return to see the oral surgeon who removed your wisdom teeth. The doctor can treat you very easily for a dry socket and all the pain should go away.
Posted 1 year ago
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