Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
Make an appointment with your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible when you develop new or worsening pain after a tooth extraction. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- When did the severe pain begin?
- How would you rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe?
- Where is the pain located?
- Have you taken pain relievers? What dosage and how often?
- Have the pain relievers helped to some degree?
- Do you have any other symptoms that seem unrelated to your dental pain?
- Have you had a fever?
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