A 33-year-old female asked:
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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.

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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
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.
Answered on Jun 22, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
See dentist: Your pain should be gone.The bad smell could indicate a infection.
Answered on Jun 22, 2014
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on Jan 20, 2016

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