Dr. Mark Berkowitz
Every dental extraction is different. If the pain persists, please have it checked out.
Yes, the area will be sensitive for at least two weeks. Please allow some time for your extractions to heal. If you have any more concerns or if the pain persists, please consult with your dental provider.
Thank you for your question.
A week after the extraction of a tooth discomfort should be settling down. This is if everything is normal and there are no complications. An extracted tooth with be sore for a few days, but it should be gradually getting better.
However, there are some other things that can cause discomfort. First thing that one should consider is the possibility of dry socket. Dry socket simply means that the blood clot that forms after the tooth is extracted is lost. This can make the color of the gums look different or look completely normal; however, often times there is more pain then when the tooth was there. This is because the clot that was lost protects the healing tooth socket and now it is exposed.
Secondly, the peak onset for swelling after an extraction is 4 days. This means that swelling can start up to 4 days after the extraction of the tooth and then start to taper after that. Again the discomfort should be tapering off. Swelling causes pressure on everything around it which causing discomfort.
Finally, depending on the circumstances there could be a little tiny bone chip that is trying to exfoliate (make its way out of the gums). This tends to happen as the jaw bone is trying to re-structure itself after the tooth is removed.
All of this depends on the tooth that was extracted, how it was extracted, the amount of trauma during the extraction, and situation of the tooth extracted. It would be best to contact the doctor who extracted since he/she is the one that was there and knows what happened during the procedure. This is usually free of charge since it is part of the extraction procedure. Hope this helps.
My best to you!
William F. Scott IV, DMD