1. Having pain is a normal part of the recovery process. Keep in mind that pain is part of the healing process and your body’s normal reaction to the surgery. Once a tooth has been fully removed it takes anywhere from 2 to 3 days to over a week for the initial pain to subside. Make sure to take your medications as prescribed and follow the instructions to heal as quickly as possible. The level of pain after the surgery typically correlates with the complexity of the procedure. The simpler extractions heal within 2 to 3 days whereas the more complicated ones as well as wisdom teeth usually require a week or so before you start seeing improvements.
2. Once the tooth is removed properly there is not much more that your dentist or oral surgeon can do for it. An ideal extraction is when your dentist removes the tooth within a few minutes. The surgeries that end up taking longer than fifteen minutes will typically require bone removal and lots of cutting so it will hurt more afterwards. If you lose a lot of bone the dentist or oral surgeon may choose to place some bone graft to assist with the healing process and to preserve the extraction socket better. The dentist may also use sutures to bring your gum tissue together to allow for a better healing process.
Oftentimes patients who have their four wisdom teeth removed all at once return within just a day or two to re-evaluate the area but can’t even open their mouths wide enough for the dentist to see back there since their jaws are still sore. Not much your dentist can do for you if he or she can’t see the surgery site. It is best to give it some time for the initial swelling to subside before going back to the dentist or oral surgeon so he or she can thoroughly evaluate you.
3. Wisdom removals and dry sockets can lead to pain which will last for several weeks. It is very important to avoid spitting for the first day after the tooth has been removed. Applying pressure by biting on gauze is a good way to get the bleeding under control. Keep in mind that the most crucial part of the healing occurs within the first 24 to 48 hours so you must be very careful to follow the instructions and allow for proper healing to occur in this critical period.
- Smokers and those with a long list of medical problems generally heal slower than healthier patients
- You will also heal slower as you age so expect the recovery to take a bit longer
If you spit and don’t follow the instructions then you’re not allowing the blood clot to form and you could end up with what’s known as a dry socket. It basically means poor healing and you will suffer for a few weeks. There is not much to be done for dry sockets, there is a solution that your dentist can apply which helps a little bit, but otherwise it needs to be managed with painkillers and takes a few weeks to resolve. No additional antibiotic is indicated as a dry socket is not an infection but is simply poor healing. And of course when it comes to removing wisdom teeth, especially when the teeth are embedded under your gums or jaw bone, then assume it will hurt for one week and anything less than that is a bonus!
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What to do if You’re Experiencing Pain After a Tooth Extraction: Going to the Dentist
How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Has it been more than 3 days and you are still in severe pain?
- If it was a complex wisdom tooth removal, has it been more than one week and you are still in severe pain?
- Have you been taking your antibiotics and pain killers but it’s not helping?
- Do you feel that there is still a piece of tooth or bone left behind?
- Are you having a hard time breathing?
- Are you still gushing blood and you can’t get the bleeding under control?
If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then you should go back to your dentist or oral surgeon to have the area evaluated further. If you feel the pain levels are too excessive, contact your dentist to see if they can up your medications to a stronger one. If you feel you’re not reacting well to the medications, you should contact the dentist for a substitute. You may be able to handle this over the phone and not necessarily go back to the dentist office.
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then you should probably try to wait it out for a bit longer to see if the pain is subsiding.
Most pains after extractions go away with tim. How much pain you will be in has lots to do with how difficult your tooth extraction is. Easier extractions come with 2 to 3 days of pain but the more difficult ones take longer and closer to one week. Healing times of a few days to a week are normal as this is your body’s reaction to having a tooth removed. Get some rest, take your medications, follow the instructions and give your body some time to recover.
At the end of the day if you feel that you are more comfortable having your dentist or your oral surgeon re-evaluate the area then you should go ahead and contact them on phone of visit them to have your questions answered. Try to ask any questions prior to leaving the office. Most questions can be answered on the phone as well, but in certain occasions your dentist or oral surgeon will ask you to come back to the office for further evaluation.
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What to do if You’re Experiencing Pain After a Tooth Extraction: Waiting a Little Bit
How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Are you planning on having a dental implant placed where the broken tooth fragment is within the next few months?
- Is the broken tooth fragment very small and also dislodged into your sinuses or near your jaw nerve?
- Do you have multiple broken teeth fragments near one another and you are waiting to have them all removed at the same time?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions, and as you noticed there are only a few of them, then you can choose to leave the broken tooth piece in and monitor it. Otherwise you should remove all broken tooth pieces.
It is not a good idea to leave something in your mouth that has the potential to cause you pain or infection. Broken tooth fragments which are left behind can cause cavities on the adjacent teeth, compromise your gum health or even affect your overall well-being without you even being aware of the source of your problem.
It is not uncommon to come across patients who have neglected their oral health and have multiple broken teeth. They usually have developed wide spread gum disease as a result of their inability to properly clean their remaining teeth due to the pain and infection caused by these remaining broken teeth. These individuals are at high risk for losing numerous teeth if the broken teeth are not removed. Removing these broken tooth fragments will get the situation under control so you can maintain the health of your remaining teeth and gums.
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What to do With Broken Teeth: Leaving Them