How Long Does The Pain Last After Tooth Extraction?

There is no doubt that tooth extraction involves a bit of discomfort and you may experience a bit of pain after extracting the tooth. Sometimes some complications during the tooth extraction procedures may also result in tooth pain after the tooth extraction. However, the dentist may prescribe you with a set of antibiotics and painkillers that would help you in great ways. But, how long actually the pain last after tooth extraction? To know about it, read the following array of the article.

How Long Does The Pain Last After Tooth Extraction?

How Long Does the Pain Last After Tooth Extraction?

Earlier, before dental anesthetics become available, the pain after tooth extraction was a dreadful experience. However, in modern dentistry the pain during the extraction procedure is almost diminished; however, post-operative tooth extraction pain still remains a concern. There might be complications in some cases of tooth extraction, that might cause severe pain. Dry socket, damage to adjacent teeth or jaw, infection and nerve damage are some of the complications of tooth extraction that may result in severe pain after extracting the tooth.

Apart from this, following the removal of your tooth, you may also feel uncomfortable or irritated or painful while your mouth heals. As per Today’s Denstistry, there are 3 things that determine the amount and duration of pain after tooth extraction; and they include, the amount of damage to the tissues that was required to extract the tooth, the amount of infection that was present and also how more or less sensitive is the patient’s tissues. Some people’s tissues are more sensitive than other people, and some have a higher pain threshold than others.

Now, talking about how long actually the pain last after tooth extraction, it can be mentioned that the pain for 3-7 days after tooth extraction is normal after a simple procedure, until the wound is healed. However, for surgical extractions, the pain after tooth extraction may last for some weeks, especially in case there is extensive damage to the jawbone. Apart from this, the pain after extracting an impacted tooth definitely lasts much more than extracting a tooth that has already become loose, because of periodontal disease.


Dental anesthetics can minimize the pain of the tooth extraction procedure. There are also conscious dental sedation and general anesthesia available to help avoid any pain after tooth extraction, especially when the surgical removal procedure is involved. Post tooth extraction pain can be eased using tooth pain medication. It is always essential to follow carefully the instructions given by your dentist, so as to avoid any complication or severe pain after tooth extraction.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:December 4, 2018

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