While many people shudder when they think about having a tooth extracted, part of the reason for their worry is what happens after the tooth is gone. Dental professionals have done a good job in managing patient pain during an extraction, but afterwards can be more uncertain for a variety of reasons. At AZ Dentist, we know that this fear of pain can cause patients to skip their trip to the dentist, so we are here to answer one of the most commonly-asked questions about this procedure: “How long does pain last after tooth extraction?”
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
For adults, tooth extraction happens for a number of different reasons. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Extensive tooth decay or infection
- Periodontal disease
- Preparation for orthodontics
- Crowded teeth
- Injury or trauma to the tooth that results in a necrotic tooth
- Emergency tooth extraction
Regardless of the reason, knowing what to expect after extraction can help make the procedure go more smoothly.
What kind of tooth extraction pain is “normal”?
It is difficult to be specific about what type of pain after tooth extraction is considered “normal.” Each patient is very different, both in the type of extraction they will have (which influences pain levels) and in their tolerance to pain itself.
The level and duration of pain can vary tremendously among patients, as can the type of pain. Some patients feel pain that is more like a soreness or a dull ache. There are types of pain that can indicate a larger problem (see below), but in general, soreness that comes from swelling and inflammation is normal and to be expected in the days following your extraction.
How long does pain last after tooth extraction, normally?
For a simple tooth extraction, pain can last between one and three days. Particularly sensitive patients may find a lingering soreness or tenderness in the area for longer – possibly up to a week.