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Tooth extraction infected?

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Posted by: justcaked  (5 years ago)
I had an upper molar tooth extracted last wednesday, so 6 days ago. I'm worried it might be infected but have no idea what it's supposed to look like.

I don't think I have dry socket as I can drink cold water fine and not in agony, but there is pain in my cheek mainly and around the extraction site. My cheek is definitely swollen still and sensitive.

The actual hole is just sensitive, not painful, but it is still a big hole, it doesn't look like it's closing up at all.

My dentist told me I shouldn't feel much pain and especially not after the first 3 days, but I am in enough pain to need ibuprofen tablets.

As the hole is still there and sensitive I cannot eat properly still.

I'm trying to upload a photo but it's not letting me so my written word is all I have to explain it.

Inside the hole is a brown/white/yellow colour with a bit of black at the back I think. I can't see it that well as I had to have the flash on so the colours I see on the photo may not be quite right.

Without the photo I guess I need to know how long it takes usually before the hole closes up, the sensitivity goes and if there are obvious signs to look for to identify infection? I have no temperature but the area around the hole is red, although that could be because the photo was taken not long after dinner where I may have irritated it.

Thank you to anyone who can help.

Edit: Managed to add pic! It has come out very yellow because of the flash (my teeth aren't yellow honestly!) so I'd guess the colour inside the whole is white.
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Posted by: jamienn.benet.7  (5 years ago)
I think it's infected. You can go further to dentist & tell him/her about the issue. I do not think that taking tablets solve the issue. It’s not a proper solution.
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I had an upper molar tooth extracted last wednesday, so 6 days ago. I'm worried it might be infected but have no idea what it's supposed to look like.

I don't think I have dry socket as I can drink cold water fine and not in agony, but there is pain in my cheek mainly and around the extraction site. My cheek is definitely swollen still and sensitive.

The actual hole is just sensitive, not painful, but it is still a big hole, it doesn't look like it's closing up at all.

My dentist told me I shouldn't feel much pain and especially not after the first 3 days, but I am in enough pain to need ibuprofen tablets.

As the hole is still there and sensitive I cannot eat properly still.

I'm trying to upload a photo but it's not letting me so my written word is all I have to explain it.

Inside the hole is a brown/white/yellow colour with a bit of black at the back I think. I can't see it that well as I had to have the flash on so the colours I see on the photo may not be quite right.

Without the photo I guess I need to know how long it takes usually before the hole closes up, the sensitivity goes and if there are obvious signs to look for to identify infection? I have no temperature but the area around the hole is red, although that could be because the photo was taken not long after dinner where I may have irritated it.

Thank you to anyone who can help.

Edit: Managed to add pic! It has come out very yellow because of the flash (my teeth aren't yellow honestly!) so I'd guess the colour inside the whole is white.


Looks like a dry socket and not an infection to me. See the treating dentist. He will have to irrigate it and pack it with medicated gauze for several consecutive days.

Once the dry socket is gone, it will take up to three months for the socket to close.

Please get a socket preservation graft so you can later have an implant. If it had been done when the tooth was extracted, you would not have had the dry socket.

Lastly, take care of your teeth so you do not lose any more!
Posted 5 years ago
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Posted by: justcaked  (5 years ago)
Hi, thanks for your replies. I don't think it's dry socket as there is very little pain now and it's never been unbearable.

A tiny shard of tooth came out the other day during a salt rinse so not sure if that was causing the problem? It's still quite a large hole so I'm still doing the salt water rinse, but it seems to aggravate it when I do and it turns red for a while.

I'll try to attach a photo from a few days ago and one taken yesterday.

I have very little pain there now at all, the pain and swelling in my cheek is gone completely.

I'm in the UK and we don't generally have implants, it'll be left as a gap. I'm not sure what a graft is so we probably don't have that either!

If you have dry socket you'd know it wouldn't you? Agonising pain? I've not had to take any tablets for 2 days now, and then it was only once.
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