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.