First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who have responded to my first thread about getting my wisdom teeth out. The procedure went very well and I was really just nervous for nothing--it really wasn't that bad. I thought I'd make a new thread now, this time regarding the healing process, since my other one has become quite inactive because my questions have been answered already... So I am no going onto Day 5 of healing. The first two days were virtually painless for me, however, I did feel some slight pain develop beginning the 3rd day, especially when I use salt water to flush the sockets after eating. (Although today this has not been a problem, unless I flush the area more than 2 times at a time, then I will start feeling something in the sockets) I asked my dentist and he said it's perfectly normal to feel some pain, and is not necessarily a sign of a dry socket. When looking into the sockets, I do see a blood clot and no exposed bone. I don't feel other symptoms of dry sockets, such as pain radiating from the socket to the ear, constant foul breath (although I must say from the day I got my teeth taken out till now my breath smells different than usual, but I read somewhere that as long as this symptom diminishes it's okay), etc. I have been following my dentist's instructions: no sucking through a straw, flushing with salt water using the syring he gave me, brushing teeth adjacent to that area softly and gently, taking meds on time, etc. Day 4 and Day 5, I started to feel pain, especially when I press my jaw immediately outside the area where he performed the operation. It feels as if it's slightly bruised...and I guess it looks a teeny little bit bruised too. When I press my gums underneath where the wisdom tooth was (it's more like what's underneath the gums that's causing the pain) and maybe even two teeth down, I feel slight pain that lingers for awhile and will go away. I notice no swelling or anything though. When I press the sides of adjacent teeth, it doesn't hurt, but feels sensitive. When I move my mouth from side to side, the inside of my cheek will press against that "tender spot" underneath my gums again and will hurt a little again. There's pain, but I wouldn't say it's sharp pain or anything. What I did notice is that the surface of the skin near where the stitch is knotted, there is a tiny little rip, but no bleeding from that tear. Sometimes I can feel blood being pumped to my teeth--is that weird? I don't feel it as throbbing pain, just that I can feel my heart beat...in my teeth Did any of you experience this when your teeth sockets were healing (in other words, is what I'm experiencing normal?) I noticed that the sockets are becoming tighter and tighter every day. The hole is maybe only 3/4 its original size now. I wonder if the tenderness of the gums (although I feel it's more like what's underneath the gums) is due to the bone healing itself and therefore it's more sensitive because it doesn't want to be damaged while it's healing. My boyfriend said that for him he had the worst pain on Day 4 and by Day 5 it should be better... Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow morning...I do have an appointment again with my dentist on Tuesday so I guess we will see how the healing really is then. I just hope that I don't have some sort of infection or anything. Everywhere I've read on the internet it says that pain should diminish after 48 hours...the problem is, it was the first 48 hours that I didn't feel any pain...I wonder if it's different for every individual?