post-procedure dental pain
October 5, 2011 1:53 PM Subscribe
Should it hurt this much two days after having two teeth pulled?
posted by yesster to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I had two teeth pulled on Monday. I had been in pain for two weeks before that, and had some pain meds for four days prior to the procedure.
One tooth was a rear lower molar. The other was a front lower center tooth.
Right now, two days after the procedure, I am in discomfort. I have been taking aspirin and acetaminophen. It hurts still. The right side of my head throbs.
I know that during the procedure, a lot of stress was placed on my jaw, and I held my mouth open and firm throughout. So maybe there's some residual effect of that.
Also, at one point, the dentist said that he couldn't give me any more novocaine because I was already at the clinical limit for it. Then he gave me more anyway.
I should explain more about that. I am dentist-phobic. But prior to this experience, I never realized that I'd never been fully numbed before. I know that every dentist I've ever seen has maxed out their novocaine on me. When I was a kid, it took three people besides the dentist to hold me down in order to give me a filling, because I felt everything he did, and he didn't believe me. Every dentist has been like that, not believing me when I say I can feel what they're doing. Even the wonderful nitrous oxide gas, which lets me find a happy white room in my brain, doesn't help when someone is prodding right on a nerve.
The two root canals I had (approx 20 years ago) were absolute torture. I think the one dentist broke out the longest files he'd ever used (28mm?) all while practically laying on top of me boring those things into my lower jaw.
So it wasn't until this last procedure -- 2 days ago-- that I realized that I've essentially been tortured by dentistry. No wonder I haven't seen anyone for my teeth in 10 years. This dentist did right by me, recognized my pain (even when I told him to just go ahead) and did more targeted injections.
Prior to the more targeted injections during the procedure, he did a couple extra injections that had a couple of weird effects. The whole side of my face became numb, up to my scalp, and I couldn't focus my eyes, probably because the nerves around that eye were affected.
This whole procedure, I was quivering like a terrified chihuahua. It took me 3 hours to calm down afterwards. I smelled so bad --- fear sweat is funky stuff.
So, given my problematic history with dentistry, should I be concerned about the continuing pain?