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Why Am I In Pain After A Tooth Extraction?

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Evan
Why Am I In Pain After A Tooth Extraction?Tooth extraction involves removing a damaged or decayed tooth from the jawbone socket. Even though removing a tooth is usually safe and easy, the patient may feel pain and discomfort after the surgery. In most cases, no pain is felt during extraction, and if any, it arises thereafter once the sedation wears out. Here is what may cause pain after tooth extraction and how to deal with it.

Inflammation and Swelling

The bone and tissue around a tooth can inflame during tooth extraction. This can cause pain and other problems. When the body gets hurt, it naturally swells to protect itself. Too much swelling can worsen the pain and take longer to heal. Putting ice packs on the area and taking over-the-counter painkillers can help reduce swelling and redness.

Dry Socket

A painful post-op condition referred to as a dry socket can happen after a tooth is extracted. It occurs when there is dislodge or interruption of blood clot forms in the empty tooth socket after the tooth is extracted before the wound fully recovers. This lets air, food, and liquids get to the sensitive nerves and bones, which causes much pain.

For at least 24 hours after the procedure, patients should not smoke, spit, or drink through a straw. A dentist might also put a bandage or medicine in the socket to help the wound heal.


Pain after extraction can sometimes indicate an infection. Infections can cause fever, severe pain, swelling, and pus from where the tooth was removed. Patients who suspect they have an infection need to get to a dentist immediately to prevent it from spreading. Antibiotics might be given to fight the infection, and the patient might need more care to remove any infected tissue.

Pain after a tooth extraction is a prevalent side effect and something you should expect. Patients should carefully follow the dentist's post-surgery instructions. If the pain lasts or worsens, you should see our dentist for treatment. Contact us for your tooth extraction appointments and other treatments.

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