I Had a Tooth Extraction and Bone Graft 8 Days Ago Pain is Worse Today?

On Dec 1st the tooth extraction and bone graft was done on the lower left molar. Went to the dentist yesterday morning and told him the pain is getting worst not better, dentist took the stiches out and said their is no infection and that the area lools good. Left dentist thinking its going to start feeling better. Boy was I wrong the pain is worse now than ever and here it is 8 DAYS LATER!! I am taking 400 mg of motrin and 1000 mg of Tylenol every 5 to 6 hours for relief. Why isnt it healing?

Doctor Answers 5

Pain in jaw after tooth extraction and bone graft

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Pain that is getting worse after an extraction and bone graft can be due to a few reasons:

1. There is an abscess or infection in the site which is slowly getting worse
2. The graft material/clot fell out and you now have a DRY SOCKET which can be very painful
3. The gums are healing slowly and are ulcerated which can be very painful

My suggestion is to go see another SPECIALIST such a periodontist or oral surgeon and get a second opinion ASAP before things get much worse. And if you smoke or chew tobacco, stop right away. 

Toronto Periodontist

Pain after extraction and bone graft

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This is not normal. 

You may want to have the area rechecked for dry socket since dry socket generally starts 3-4 days post extraction

Pain after bone graft

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Sounds like you have an infection or dry socket. May get better if you just wait it out.  You should be on antibiotics.  GO back to your Dr.  get a second opinion from an ethical doctor who isn't just dissing the first guy to get your business.  Sometimes complications arise.  They just have to be handled properly

Tooth extraction and bone graft with pain?

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Normally we would not expect this level of pain unless you have a dry socket or infection. Some additional questions you should ask... Did the dentist place a membrane over the graft yes or no. Are you a smoker? Do you have osteoporsis or taking medication for it? If the problem has not cleared up by this time and the pain is from the extraction site it might be wise to remove the graft material and resuture the wound with primary closure. Good Luck


Kevin Coughlin DMD, MBA, MAGD    CEO Baystate Dental PC

Kevin Coughlin, DMD
Springfield Dentist

Go back for a post op visit as soon as possible

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You may want to have the area rechecked for dry socket since dry socket generally starts 3-4 days post extraction. You may want to also ask what kind of graft material was used. Were you put on antibiotics?

Aria Irvani, DDS
Irvine Dentist

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