I have followed doctor orders after having the upper teeth pulled. No issues with right side except that once the gum tissue began to heal it started hurting really bad again......I suspected pressure of the stitches as the cause.....that and we had a really cold/damp spell. And I was right. Soon as the stitches were out (it had warmed up weather wise again) I was just fine on that side. No more pain and now it's not even tender but I've noticed a teeny tooth fragment that has worked it's way to the surface I need to tell the dentist about. But it's not bothering me. I am always careful after tooth extraction because I have a high tendency for dry socket. Left side seemed to go well. Only hitch was a few hours after the bleeding had stopped I'd eaten some pudding and it started bleeding again.....quite a bit. So I followed the directions on the orders they gave me and it did quit. All seemed fine again. Since I had so many teeth removed at once I have stitches. doctor told me I could smoke after a like 2-3 hrs. Same as 1st time and same as 1st time I did....carefully. No issues with either side of mouth. When I did my salt water rinse (yes I know no swishing ect, just let it sort of roll around the mouth) it seemed to go into my nose and run out. Now been having issues with left nostril being stuffy.....so will say perhaps it was just normal sinus drainage......the thin watery type that is really annoying. But it really unnerved me. I did have 2 teeth that could have had ........not sure what to call it.....where it opens up into the sinus. Now he must not have found any evidence of infection because he didn't put me on antibiotics. And honestly, I thought for sure you could see if the tooth issue had broken into the nasal cavity via xray.....and he never mentioned anything about that either. Now I don't think there is any way salt water from the rinse is going to get into my nose if the clot is present in the socket. But while I'm having quite a bit of pain (like I did at the same time last time....more the stitches healing gums pain) believe me it is not the OMG I WANT TO KILL MYSELF pain of a dry socket. Anyone who has experienced dry sockets knows what I'm talking about. There are no symptoms of infection.....no swelling in the area or in the cheek at all. And for the most part the pain is managable with ibuprofen and extra strength tylenol. (and a dry socket.....2 vicodin do nothing to touch the pain) I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not sure if I should be concerned about this or not, or if I should call the dentist about it. When I take a drag from a cigarette sometimes there is no "suction" .....you know the pulling of the drag....which even at this stage I do carefully. This morning I forgot to lean my head to the right when I took a drink of coffee and it seemed if some of it came out my nose before I even swallowed. Sometimes it feels as if air passes through the 2 sockets with the issue......and yes it feels weird. Ok. I'm hoping this is just my imagination coupled with anxiety. This whole thing is dragging out waaay to long and my anxiety is out of this world. I keep telling myself that if there is an opening from 2 of the sockets into the nasal cavity.......the clot would be gone and I'd be writhing in pain.......that that would have to be the case if liquid could pass through it. So surely I'd know. Right? Ok......so now that I sound like a total crazy lady............... Anyone have experience with such a thing? Only thing I find online is about absessed teeth breaking through to the nasal cavity.......and they go on and on about infection....but there is not one sign of infection.....so yeah. And since the bottom teeth are coming out tues.......I want to make sure these top ones are healed, ya know?