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I had my 2 right side wisdom teeth removed 6 days ago & I'm still in pain. The pain comes & goes, at times it is very painful but most of the time its bearable & eases with nurofen & using both heat packs & ice packs, eating ice blocks eliminates the pain completely. My dentist said it was an easy extraction, all went well with very little blood & told me to come back if I was still in pain after a few days but I feel as though its normal to be in some pain after only a few days? I have read about people getting dry socket which is making me worry a bit but I'm not sure that my pain is bad enough to be dry socket. Is it normal for me to still be in some pain or should I go back to the dentist asap?

Dear Lucy,

The general rule for wisdom tooth extraction is that you will feel some pain for several days.  Usually this pain gets worse for about 2-3 days after the extraction, then the pain slowly goes away.  The pain usually is gone by one week after extraction.

I always want my extraction patients to return one week after extraction for a post-op visit, so I can check healing.

Having said all this, I think that if you are still having pain tomorrow, you should see your dentist.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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