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Old 02-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Pain before and after tooth extraction

A week ago my upper molar started hurting pretty bad and the pain went up into my eye,temple and forehead (one side). The next day I went to a regular dentist who started a root canal and left it open to drain, that night the pain got worst, I returned to him the next day and he told me he would remove all of the root, I felt pain as he poked around up there and as he finished up what he was doing I still felt a sharp nerve like pain as he removed his tool which made me think he didn't get all the root out. I asked him about this and he said not to worry he got all the root out. That night the pain got even worse and would wake me up from my sleep. It seemed to get really bad when I would fall asleep and shortly wake up an hour later. I believe it was because I breathe through my mouth when I sleep and the air was entering the hole in my tooth. I got onlt 2 hours sleep that night and decided to go to a root canal specialist so the next day I found one who took me in that day. He actually found that the other dentist left two large pieces of root inside. He removed them, left the hole open, gave me some antibiotics and Vicodin and scheduled me to come back in 2 weeks. I was happy knowing the roots were all out finally, unfortunately the pain didn't go away, that night it even got worse, the pain again woke me from my sleep numerous times. The closest way I can compare the pain is to the feeling you would get after eating reeally cold ice cream and get "Brain Freeze" only the pain would last for around 15-30 minutes at a time and stronger. The pain actually brought me to tears, it was the worst pain I ever felt in my life. I only got 2 hours sleep that night as well and first thing in the morning I began making calls to oral surgeans, I decided I just wanted the tooth out at any cost, I could not deal with the pain any longer. I found one who took me in that morning and extracted the tooth and sewed up the hole. that was Friday, it is now Monday, the pain episodes have come down a lot to a tolerable level and frequency has also lessened but every sooften I will get that pain again if I breathe in through my mouth and the air hits the spot. Is this normal? can the air still be entering through the sewed up hole? I am scheduled to have the stitches removed this Friday. I am just worried the first dentist messed something up inside my jaw ...a nerve or something , I'm so confused why I am still having this pain even though it is not as bad. Has anyone had a similar experience or anything close? How did it turn out. Any input would help. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-07-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Re: Pain before and after tooth extraction

I don't know if this will help or not.
Just before Christmas I had dreadful toothache in a Wisdom tooth. The Dentist took an Xray and nothing unatural showed up, he said to return if it continued. I did (two days later) had it removed and there was an Absess underneath.
After the extraction I had pain where the tooth had been for over a week, infact I felt as if the tooth was still there (strange feeling). So to answer your question Yes it is possible to feel pain for sometime after.
Hope this puts your mind at rest, I'm sure everything is OK with your extraction.


Old 03-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Pain before and after tooth extraction

Shauncz, I hope you are much better by now. I did not have the same experience as you but I did have to have a bottom tooth pulled about 6 weeks ago. I was very surprised that I had pain for almost 2 weeks after. I needed to take Ibuprofen every 4-6 hrs. for the first 8 or 9 days and then every 8 hrs. for the last few days. Finally, it went away. I hope this helps others.

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