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:
- Is the pain due to trauma, such as hot food or a cut?
- Is the pain due to canker sores and it resolves within a week?
- Are you experiencing teething pain? This occurs in infants, 6 to 8 year olds, and 11 to 13 year olds.
- Is the pain from a wisdom tooth that has been positively diagnosed to have sufficient room to come into the jaws?
- Is your pain because you just received some dental treatment within the past two to three days?
- Is your pain because of your orthodontic treatment and the pressure it places on the teeth?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then you should hold off going to the dentist and wait to see if your pain will resolve on its own. If it doesn’t resolve after a few days then it is time to consider going to the dentist.
If you answered “no” to all of the above questions then you should go and seek a dentist to help address your pain.
The main reason most toothaches require a dentist is because toothaches typically do not resolve themselves on their own. Even if the pain goes away it will likely return so long as the source of the pain is in place. Suffering from less pain and receiving a less expenses and less painful treatment means that you should pay your dentist a visit as soon as possible. There really is no advantage whatsoever to postponing treatment as it only becomes more difficult and expensive to fix the problem as time passes by.
What to do if you simply don’t like going to the dentist? If the reason you avoid seeking dental treatment is that you are afraid of your dentist then consider finding another dentist as ultimately this will affect your own health. However, if you like your dentist but are simply too scared of receiving the necessary dental treatment then what should you do?
- First and foremost acknowledge the fact that as your treatment becomes more complicated it will also become more painful and more difficult. A filling is better than a root canal and a root canal is better than a tooth extraction with an implant!
- There are several options to help out anxious patients in dealing with their anxiety. Talk to your dentist about options such as nitrous oxide gas, taking an anti-anxiety pill in advance, or even resorting to sedation to put you to sleep.
While these options may cost you a little more time and money, you should consider talking to your dentist to allow him or her to present you with your options to better assist you in finding a suitable option that will work.
What to do if you are short on money? You know you need a root canal but it is simply too expensive and you absolutely can not afford it at the moment. You should consider discussing this problem with your dentist to see if he or she can offer you any solutions.
- One option may be financing your treatment if you have decent credit or are able to place a down payment. Many dentists will work with you if you explain the situation and show some type of financial commitment to them.
- See if your dentist would be willing to stretch out the treatment over several visits to allow you to make several payments over the course of the treatment. This works well for root canal, post and crowns or for dental implants which typically take multiple visits to complete. It does not work for fillings and tooth removals which take a single visit to complete.
- If your dentist does not offer you any payment options you can always try shopping around to see if you can locate another dentist who will work with you. Know exactly what the treatment you require is so you can do some comparison shoppings. But don’t expect to find another dentist who will do the treatment for half the price as most dentist fees are comparable within the same neighborhood.
- If all else fails you should consider receiving a less costly alternative treatment instead. Obviously removing a tooth as opposed to doing a root canal may not be the best option but removing the tooth is still better than ignoring the problem and risking an infection developing and spreading to your other teeth.
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Toothache Dilemma: Should I Wait?