Re: swollen jaw after extraction
If it is not a dry socket, then yes, it probably will take some time. Having a tooth pulled causes trauma just like any other surgery and the bone needs to heal. I have had five extractions this past summer so I do understand, and yes it did take quite awhile for a few of them to stop hurting. Try to eat soft foods so that you do not stress your mouth too much and deliberately try to relax your jaw and face. Pain causes tension and tension causes pain - a vicious cycle. By just telling your face to relax it will - try it, it does help. Also whatever feels good on your face will help ease the pain - either cold or warm. My dentist also told me that stress is put on the muscles during an extraction and that too takes some time to heal and can be very sore for awhile. Don't despair, it will get better. The body needs time to heal.