It was actually a piece of the back end of the socket did not heal or came loose and caused a lot of pain. oral surgeon packed with eugenol 2 times and then told me to just irrigate the area with salt water. I have been doing this every day 2-3 times a day. The socket looks alot better and but still doesn't feel completely healed because when i'm eating or talking alot it starts to hurt a bit. My question is when do I stop the irrigations, and are they making the healing process take longer? Sometimes after I irrigate the area, if gets kind of red and irritated. I don't have a regular dentist and my tooth was extracted at a city hospital. Please send an answer, I don't know what to do.