I had two teeth extracted 8 days ago- both had previously been crowned. They are the two back teeth in my lower jaw. The extraction took longer than usual (I was told) and was "complicated." Afterwards, in preparation for implants at a later date, bone graft material was added and stitched closed.(Cow) The following two days saw swelling in the area- golf ball size. It looked like the skin on my face was stretched. I called and was given a steroid and antibiotic. The swelling went down, but the pain increased. The stitches dissolved and the area looked like chewed up hamburger. I went to see my regular dentist- the one who did the surgery is out of town- and it was sewn shut again. Apparently my smoking caused this problem. Sadly, the pain has not lessened- in fact, it has intensified. I have to take the pain medication each 4-6 hours or actually start to cry. The doc who did the surgery is due back in 3 days. If I have him remove the bone graft material will this pain abate? I've had loads of dental work done over the years and am not much of a whiner, but this is something altogether different. Please help!