Does this look like dry socket?

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    TheCoolUncle

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    *WARNING: not the prettiest sight, but no blood*
    Hi everyone!
    I had a tooth extracted about 43 hours ago and am concerned about how the area looks. There are sutures in place, yet the little bit of white is worrying me. Unfortunately, the dentist I went to was quite rough, didn't explain anything during the procedure, & didn't ask if everything was okay as I was flailing my arms around on the verge of screaming during the extraction, so I'm hesitant of returning to ask...which is why I'm here hoping anyone can help!
    The gum and cheek area have been swollen since the extraction, but no severe pain (taking the antibiotics & Advil as the pain medication prescribed makes me sick).
    Should I be concerned?
    Thank you!
     

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    Update: Looks like a red bump has formed a bit.

    Any ideas? B844AF16-B929-48CF-B7A5-82A786585B16.jpeg
     
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    A dry socket usually commences about 72 hrs post-op with unbearable pain and foul smell, bad taste. Too early to say what's happening here, but so far looks OK.
     
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    Thank you for your input!
     
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    Woof. Okay, everyone. A new concerning situation has occurred. There's a white bump at the bottom of my cheek near the gumline that formed last night and is a bit painful. Extraction site looks a little different too, and not necessarily in the best way. I appreciate you all being patient with me. I am terrified of returning to the same dentist and am trying to make it so that I only return if necessary.
     

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