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The days of painful tooth extractions are almost completely gone from the field of dentistry nowadays. Patients are provided enough anesthesia to ensure that they are not going to feel any pain during the procedure. In fact, patients who are extremely apprehensive about the procedure are usually pleasantly surprised, since it was much easier than what they were expecting. 

The real trouble however starts after the procedure once the anesthesia starts to wear off. Post-operative healing depends upon a number of factors including the type of procedure that was performed, the presence of any pre-operative infection and the systemic health of the patient. 

For normal routine extractions no stitches are necessary and healing takes around seven days. It is normal to feel some amount of soreness and associated pain in the region during this time, something that should be easily manageable with over the counter pain medication. 

For complicated extractions, such as unerupted wisdom teeth, some amount of bone cutting is required during the procedure. This is why there is almost always some amount of swelling, pain and soreness felt by the patients after the procedure. Your doctor will close up the surgical wound with the help of a few stitches to make sure that the healing site is not disturbed. 

The healing time is slightly longer for these kinds of extractions, with pain and soreness persisting for almost 10 days after the procedure in some cases. 

If the patient had an extremely infected tooth extracted, then the speed of healing will also be reduced. Ensuring that you take the entire course of antibiotics as prescribed will help speed up the process. 

Sometimes, a tooth which has erupted into an improper direction will continue to cause injury to the cheek or tongue and thus needs to be extracted. Here, both the extraction socket as well as the soft tissue injury need to heal completely before the patient will feel comfortable. 

Some people, like diabetics, have compromised healing abilities that make recovery from any procedure, including extractions more difficult. One of the common complications of extractions in such cases is something called Dry Socket

This is an acutely painful condition caused due to an inability of the clot to form over the exposed socket leading to microbial infection and necrosis of the bone. This condition requires multiple visits to the dentist for iodoform dressings to help treat the pain. A dry socket can also occur in patients who do not have any other systemic disorder, however the chances of it occurring reduce dramatically. 

Discomfort in eating, swallowing, drinking water and even talking are some of the things that you can experience after getting a tooth extracted. The severity of these things vary from person to person as well as the exact clinical condition in which they reported to the doctor. Try and follow the instructions given by your doctor as closely as possible to ensure that you do not face any trouble after the procedure has been performed.

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