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A 37-year-old female asked:

Had first molar extracted 4 days ago. i have no pain at the site but jaw is still sore. is that normal? also pain where i got the injections.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Post extraction: It is common to have some pain at the injection site and this will heal in about a week. During the extraction your jaw is open widely and this can cause the jaw and the muscles to be sore and like other strained muscles will heal. Call the extracting dentist about your concerns. They know your condition and can best advise you.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not unusual: This is a painful muscle. A common cause of myositis is inflammation from a local anesthetic injection. The injury may be due to the needle itself or to the irritating qualities of the local anesthetic.
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Is is common: Pain were you got the injections is common and should be going away shortly. When you say your jaw is still sore, I am assuming you mean moving your jaw. Again it is common and should go away. Take iduprofen per the package instructions if you can. It will help with the pain and help the pain go away faster. PS: consider replacing the tooth.

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