An emergency dental extraction of tooth is often the cost effective solution--especially if there is a unlikely chance of saving the tooth due to decay and/or bone loss. Whenever possible, however, your dentist will make every effort to help restore teeth that can be saved. After an extraction, severe pain may be a sign of a dry socket or infection. An extraction site should heal within a week to ten days after extraction. If your gums are swollen, bleeding, infected, or extremely tender, you need to see a dentist immediately for an x-ray. There may be a root tip or tooth fragment still imbedded.
Post extraction infection can be serious...even potentially life-threatening in some cases. Do not delay seeing a dentist if you are experiencing pain after your extraction.
* Pain Prescriptions Policy: Emergency Care Dental practices will write prescriptions for dental pain, but an exam and x-ray is required before any prescriptions can be written.