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Tooth extracted five days ago but pain still persists

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Posted by: howmayihelp  (9 years ago)
Hello!

Five days ago, I had my upper left wisdom tooth removed. (This was the second time I visited the dentist, the first time was when I got a filling on my molar. I only visit the dentist when my teeth are in pain because I do not have an insurance and I have a low income. I have to prioritize other things.) After the extraction, the dentist gave me a couple of stitches to close up the wound. Three days after the extraction, I saw a food particle at the extraction site, I sprayed water on it to wash it away using the syringe they gave me at the dental clinic. The next morning, I woke up with a more swollen face. The pain from the extraction site was terrible. I thought it was normal so I took painkiller every six hours. It's been the fifth day since the extraction but the pain seems getting worse. I can't sleep at night, I would have to get up and walk away to alleviate the pain.

What should I do now? How long does it normally take for the pain to go away after a wisdom tooth removal? Please help!!! Many thanks!
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello howmayihelp, I hope that by now you are feeling much more comfortable. Recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction varies for many people but usually it can take from 1-2 weeks. You may ask your dentist for a pain relief prescription to alleviate your pain. Continue to take the antibiotics, maintain good oral hygiene, rinse often after meals to facilitate healing and avoid any recurrent infections. The site will heal fast especially in the oral cavity.
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