hello,\n\nHad a bottom molar extracted 4 weeks ago and developed dry socket. Returned to the dentist after 1 week to have the socket scraped and new blood clot (ouch!) as well as packed with alvogyl. Then after another week the alvogyl paste came out and it became inflamed and painful so went back to the dentist. I wouldn't agree to any scraping on the 2nd visit, but she washed it with saline (not painful) and put a small amount of alvogyl and packed it loosely. I think today that packing has come out because it's inflamed again and starting to hurt.\n\nAnyone know how long this will go on? Should I return to the dentist for more alyoglyl? It does stop it hurting when the paste is in there, but does it delay the healing? Would I be better off taking iboprofun anti-inflammatory pills for a while and seeing if it fixes itself up faster? \n\nIt seems like it will never heal. Why is it taking so long? Help!!