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A 33-year-old female asked:

I had a tooth extraction done 7 days ago but the pain is just not getting better. there's no swelling or funny smell but the pain in bad.

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
See your dentist: Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling and infection following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. Pain after 7 days is a serious issue. See your dentist/surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment. Take care.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See dentist: Your pain should be gone.The bad smell could indicate a infection.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Post op pain: You could have an infection, dry socket or alveolitis. It's also possible it's the adjacent tooth as often pain is hard to pinpoint for a patient. Regardless, there is no reason to be in pain at this point and your dentist can evaluate your problem, make you feel more comfortable and hasten your recovery.
Last updated Jan 20, 2016


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