I'm sitting here TERRIFIED of getting 'dry socket." I would just like to know if I will be able to see that the socket is dry before the pain begins. Today(Nov. 15, 2011) is my third day after the extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth. The bottom two were impacted. I would post photos if I could get a clearer view, but my mouth is still not opening very far do to stiffness. I can not even see sutures on the bottom, left side. I feel that my post-operative instructions were not very adequate. The majority of what I learned about prevention/treatment of dry socket came from the internet. I'm already a bit of a hypochondriac, so I am extremely scared right now. I did a few things that I now realize I really should not have done. I rinsed my mouth and spit on the first day. I also ate a few potato chips on the first day as I did not have the appetite for anything else. I only chewed with my front teeth, which took forever, but my jaw did become afterwards. YI sneezed about 2-3 times.. I've read that sneezing can also dislodge the protective blood clot. How I was supposed to stop a sneeze? I don't know. The second couple of times i had to sneeze, I tried to stifle it, I feel that might have been worse. I could feel something "knock loose" then. i don't know if that's possible or if I just imagined it. Ever since I learned more of dry socket, I have tried to be extra careful. I'm feeling very minor discomfort with hardly any pain, but I am not getting much sleep due to my fear of dry socket. I was given a prescription for Penicillin(250mg) and Hydroco/APAP(7.5). I stopped taking the Lortab because, as I said, there is hardly any pain. Also, the Lortab kept making me vomit. I know I kind of rambled on, so I'll ask my questions directly. 1. How should the surgery site(s) look after 3-4 days?
2. Is it easier to see the blood clot with a dental mirror? 3. Can you see the open socket before the dry socket pain begins?
4. Will bone always be visible if it is a dry socket? 5. Can sneezing, vomiting, cheek biting, excessive chewing, and/or coughing increase my chances of getting dry socket? 6. If I do develop a dry socket, what can bring me temporary relief from the pan until I can get to my oral surgeon? 7. I have purchased 100% pure clove oil just in case....How exactly would I apply this oil if needed? 8. Will a regular dentist be able to treat my dry socket if it occurs, or does it HAVE to be the surgeon? 9. What do I do if I can't take the prescribed pain medicine? i have started taking 400mg Ibuprofen when needed, but I would like to take Lortab if dry socket happens, since I assume it is stronger...Do you think drinking more water and eating more will stop me from vomiting after Lortab?...How about Gatorade? 10. What is the average cost of a dry socket treatment from a oral surgeon/dentist?...How often must it be applied?
Thank you in advance, because I know I posted a lot. Your help will be greatly appreciated. I already have to deal with daily migraines and if the pain from dry socket is half as bad as I have seen it described over the internet, I am just going to be sick.