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Dentistry/infection in previous dry socket


QUESTION: I had a lower wisdom tooth removed over 3 weeks ago, got dry socket a couple of days after, excruciating pain,then it subsided. Now I have a red lump coming up out of the socket, with pain under my ear, like a swollen gland, and throbbing from the socket. Is this an infection> What should I do about it?

ANSWER: Hi Susan,

I am going to recommend the obvious.....Go see your dentist sooner than later.

It sounds like it is probably an infection.  When you see the dentist he/she will probably irrigate and the clean the socket.  Then after that they usually put protective gauze in the socket giving the affected area a chance to heal.

I read on the internet, that it would be ok if you took Aleve or Advil.

Hopefully, you find comfort and relief as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Patient Point of View

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QUESTION: Thanks for the answer, however the problem is that the previous hole from the dry socket is now taken up by this red bulge - there's no hole now, just what looks like a solid round bubble of shiny red skin, and a throbbing pain at the back of my jaw - I will definitely see my dentist this week though.

Hi Susan,

Yes, you are right.  Your question was more directed at the big red bubble emerging from the socket.

I am glad you are seeing your dentist this week.  Please let me know what happens.

Best Regards,
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.


About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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