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Post tooth extraction problems

I am 23 years old and 5 days ago I had my second premolar taken out (lower right hand side) and I am now wondering if I possibly have dry socket or another problem.

The tooth taken out was a baby tooth - I have congenitally missing 2nd premolars on my lower jaw. The extraction seems to go straightforward although i needed a double dose of local anaesthetic, as the first lot didnt seem to take even after about 20 mins waiting. all was well at first.

However since the extraction I am suffering from insomnia and just recently I have felt a pain increase. The pain isnt actually coming from the hole, nor is it an unbearable shooting pain, but a dull throbbing ache. A painful lump swelled up behind my ear and was painful and tender to touch, and my right lower jaw is very stiff, tender and also 'throbs'. The lump (which i believe from research is a lymph gland?) has now gone down but it is still painful to touch any of the area along my jaw from where my tooth was taken out up to my ear. The teeth either side of the extraction also feel very sensitive.

I am not in any major pain, it is more of an annoyance. The biggest issue for me at present is that I seem unable to sleep, despite not feeling too bad.

Is this sign of an infection, dry socket or another problem, or are these symptoms normal for a recent tooth extraction?

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No...this isn't normal.  You need to call your dentist regarding this as it sounds like you have an infection brewing where the tooth was extracted.  This would have no bearing on your sleep except maybe you being worried about it which you should be.  For it to take so long and so much to numb you makes me wonder if the tooth was infected at the time.  Don't wait on this, call your dentist ASAP.  Take care.
4922507 tn?1361076248
thank you for you input - my dentist doesnt open again until tomorrow but i am going to give them a call first thing!
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