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I was wondering if you have had a tooth extracted, how long did it take for the pain to subside? I had a tooth taken out on Tuesday afternoon, and the dentist told me it could get dry socket - long painful slow healing - because there wasn't much tooth left and there wasn't much bleeding to encourage new tissue growth.<br><br>
It has been sore, but okay with vicodin. She said if it was getting dry socket, it would be around 2 or 3 days and very painful. I guess I'm having trouble distinguishing between regular pain and "very painful" kwim? It looks okay, a little swollen today, but I had to eat real food - a girl can't live on ice cream and soup!<br><br>
A little background, I had two root canals on this one tooth, then lost the temporary crown a few months back and this new dentist said to just pull it. I wish the old dentist would have just pulled it instead of insisting on a second root canal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Can anyone advise me? TIA!
 

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Just had a wisdom tooth pulled for decay (was totally in). Was still sore after a week, went to see my dad (also a dentist but long drive away- so worth it!) and he cleaned out the area because it had gotten some food or something in it and that was what was causing the soreness. Using peroxyl (might be misspelled?) mouth wash for a few days after that and pain was totally gone.
 

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I've had wisdom teeth out & a pulled broken molar (they had to cut out the root, so big mess, that one!) and the only thing that really helped was swishing saltwater ever half hour or so. Had to be warm-to hot as I could stand it, but it helped quick.
 

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I had 3 teeth pulled (not at the same time thankfully!!)<br><br>
It was really sore for 2 - 3 days, pretty sore for a week or so I'd say (like, you can feel it, but you are n ot rolling around in pain and don't need intesnse meds). From what a friend said, a dry socket is a shooting pain up the gum and through to your head, not localized in the tooth.
 

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I had a tooth pulled a couple of months ago. At the time, it seemed like it hurt forever! Looking back though, it can't have been more than a week or so. Like PP's said, dry socket pain shoots up into your jaw and ears, and is like a migrane starting in your mouth, if that makes any sense. If the vicodin is working, it probably isn't dry socket.<br><br>
Good luck, and speedy healing! FWIW, I found the Target brand slim-fast knock offs to be tasty and filling, and didn't require any chewing!
 

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thanks, everyone! It is much better today, so I'm sure it's not dry socket. Just a little tender. It looks like it is healing okay. Thankfully!
 
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