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Dry socket or med mal?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 15, 2007
  • 08:36 AM

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate my pain at eight. Eight days ago, I had a tooth extracted. The dentist broke the tooth, chipped another tooth and then went in with the drill. My gum has a hole on the side from the drill, and a sizeable piece of tooth is sticking out of the hole. There is no blood clot, never was. I don't smoke, and I have been on Pen VK for seven days with no improvement, and worsening of pain. There is blood in my mouth and pus. Dry socket or medical malpractice?

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  • Hello. I work for a dentist and I'm certainly no doctor. I would suggest you get back to the dentist and have him medicate the socket. It could very well be a dry socket which can hurt like ***l. What disturbs me most about your post is the "hole in the side of your gum", which to me may mean the dentist performed an apicoectomy, but that's done to save a tooth and you said the tooth was extracted. What's going on here is highly questionable and perhaps you should see another dentist or oral surgeon just for a second opinion. If you live in northern NJ I know of two very excellent ones. I could understand your reluctance to go back to the same dentist who treated you. The piece of tooth that's left could be a root tip that should have been removed at the time, or it could be just a shard of fractured tooth from the extraction procedure and sometimes these little shards take a while to come through the skin. I would get this all checked out quickly as something just doesn't sound right to me here.
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