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How long should you have pain after a wisdom tooth extraction and if the stitches were removed early does that add to the period you are expected to experience pain?

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2015-07-14 15:51:10

Once, one of my wisdom teeth was impacted, so the pain was worse

to have it in my mouth than it was after extraction. Sufficed to

say, I didn't need anything for pain. Compared to having a decayed,

impacted wisdom tooth in my gums, the after-effect of extraction

was just a mild-ache.

I had 5 teeth pulled 6 days ago, 4 wisdom and 1 bottom front

tooth. Just had local freezing, a few stitches and all went

excellent. I had almost no pain during or after for about 2 days.

It was no problem at all and a quick recovery for 3 of my


The other 2 became the worst pain I have ever experienced due to

what I now know as dry socket. This feels like the worst sensitive

to cold in teeth, hour after hour for days and nights on end. The

reason I got dry socket is that I spat blood from my mouth for

hours after surgery, not knowing not to. I want to warn anyone

having wisdom teeth removed, that it doesn't take much disturbance.

You could make this an EXTREMELY PAINFULL and long recovery when it

should have been nearly painless. (first day don't spit, swish, or

suck from anything at absolutly all costs because my morphine and

two other very strong pain killers would not touch the pain)

Hello, I have been a Ceritfied Dental Assistant for almost 10


There really is no to your question about how long you will have

pain, everyone is different. Most people are better within 1 to 2

weeks. I MUST urge you, if you are having pain that feels like it

is getting worse PLEASE call your dentist. You may have what is

called a Dry Socket, infection setting in. This NEEDS to be


If stitches were removed early it again may or may not affect

you more or less with pain than someone else, you will have to be

more careful in the area where the tooth was taken out. Again it

depends on you.

Hope this helps? :) Don't worry most of us all go thru this :)

You will be fine! Just keep this in mind, if you had that big of a

hole on the bottom of your foot it would take MUCH longer to heal

right?, YEP! So really be thankful it is in your mouth...I know

sounds CRAZY, but it is true!

When i had my wisdom teeth pulled i didn't even have stitches

and i didn't really experience any pain at all. I was back to my

everyday activities the day after the surgery. So when the stitches

come out may or may not have an impact on the level of pain you


Part of this depends upon your age. The older you are, the more

solidly the roots of the wisdom tooth are attached to the jaw bone.

At age 39 I had my lower left wisdom tooth removed, and today (14

days later) the pain is still pretty solid. When I had my right

bottom wisdom tooth removed at age 22, the pain was practically

gone in three or four days.

I'm on my third day of having ALL of my wisdom teeth removed.

The teeth had not yet shown through the gums and, in my opinion,

where nowhere close to surfacing. The dentist still insisted that I

get them removed; I did. The dentist had to make four incisions,

dig around, pull the teeth, then close up the gums with (seemingly)

biodegradable, plastic-like sutures. In all, I had five teeth

removed, all were on a sub-gum level and classified (by my

doctor/dentist) as wisdom teeth. The pain is really quite amazing,

even on the third day. I'm 18 years old, so I suppose (as written

above) my teeth are not as well rooted as an older persons' might

be, but a day seems a month with the pain I'm feeling.

To this question, the pain is already receding. I can not

remember much of day one, but I'm sure the pain was far worse.

Everyone is subject to different recovery times, so it's hard to

say when your pain will end. Keep this in mind, though; your mouth

is subject to constant bombardment by all manner of germs as well

as VERY differing thermal conditions. As a result, humans' mouths

reproduse cells much faster than other areas of the body. In other

words, Mouths heal coparatively quickly.

!IMPORTANT! I wish to save you as much pain as possible, so I

will go above and beyond. In all likelyhood, your doctor/dentist

will proscribe you oxycodone as well as anti-biotics and usually

some ibuprofen. Well, on your first and second day back from the

operation, it is unlikely you will be able to eat enough (babyfood,

protein shakes, jello, pudding, mush, soup etc.) to have a stomach

that can handle you taking all your meds at once. You will probably

need to take the pills saperately (i mean like at least an hour

apart). I say this because (on top of my pain and hunger) I threw

up at 2:30 am. This is my opinion only, call your dentist for

his/her opinion, which is much better. Good luck.

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