Why Does Tooth Extraction Cause Pain in My Surrounding Teeth?

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In this blog,  we learned that experiencing pain after a tooth extraction is common and can be caused by various factors such as inflammation, shifting of surrounding teeth, and complications like dry sockets. Following post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist is crucial for managing discomfort and promoting healing. Additionally, recognizing when persistent pain warrants professional attention is important for ensuring proper treatment and recovery.

When you get your wisdom teeth removed and feel pain in the nearby tooth, it’s often because of inflammation and pressure on that tooth. This pressure can affect the ligament and bone around it. The pain happens because of certain substances released during bone breakdown.

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Reasons for the Pain in the Teeth Around Your Extracted Tooth?

Normal Healing Pain After Tooth Extraction

When you get a tooth pulled, the numbing stuff they give you during the procedure makes sure you don’t feel a thing. But once it wears off, you might start feeling some discomfort. Don’t worry, though – it’s all part of your body healing itself.

The pain usually gets worse on the first day after the extraction and then starts getting better over the next few days. By the third or fourth day, most people start feeling a lot better. But it’s normal to have a bit of swelling and soreness for about a week.

You can manage this regular healing pain by taking pain meds you can buy at the store or getting some prescribed by your dentist. Putting something cold on the outside of your cheek can also help with swelling and pain.

How to Avoid Dry Sockets

Sometimes, the pain after getting a tooth pulled can mean there’s a bigger problem, like a dry socket. Normally, after a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the space to protect the bone and nerves underneath. But sometimes, this clot doesn’t form right or gets knocked out too soon. When that happens, you might feel a really bad, throbbing pain.

If you think you might have a dry socket, it’s important to see your dentist right away. They can clean out the area and put in some special gauze with medicine to help it heal and protect the bone and nerves.

To lower the chance of getting a dry socket, try not to do things that could knock out the blood clot, like smoking or using a straw.

Pain Experienced after a Tooth Extraction

When you get a tooth pulled, it can affect the nearby teeth and gums. Let’s look at why

1. Regular and Surgical Extractions

  • When a dentist pulls a tooth, they may need to use forceps, which can make the gums around it swell up and get sore. Sometimes, if the tooth is harder to remove, they might have to do surgery, where they cut the gum to get to the tooth. This can make you feel even more uncomfortable afterward.
  • Before they start, they’ll numb the area so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. They might also give you medicine to help with pain afterward.

2. Removing Bone

  • In some cases, the dentist might need to take out a bit of the bone around the tooth. This can make the nearby teeth hurt because they’re connected to that bone. Also, your teeth need enough bone to stay in place, so taking some out might make them weaker.
  • After a tooth is pulled, the bone starts to shrink, which can make the nearby teeth move and sometimes expose their roots, making them sensitive and painful.

3. Accidental Damage

  • Sometimes, when pulling a tooth, the dentist might accidentally hurt a nearby tooth. It’s usually not serious, but it can cause some discomfort for a short time after the procedure.

4. Sinus Connection

  • If a tooth near your sinuses needs to be pulled, there’s a chance the lining of your sinus could get damaged during the procedure. This can make the nearby teeth hurt for a bit, but it usually gets better quickly.

5. Serious Issues

  • Sometimes, after a tooth is pulled, you might get an infection in the space left behind. This can make your gums swell and your face hurt, and it might affect the nearby teeth too. Your dentist might give you antibiotics.
  • Another thing that can happen is called a dry socket, where the bone in the space gets exposed because the blood clot didn’t form right. This can be painful for a couple of weeks, but your dentist can help you feel better.

Reducing Pain After Tooth Extraction

After you get a tooth pulled, it’s really important to follow what your dentist tells you to do. Not doing so could make the pain worse or even cause dry sockets. Here are some things you can do to help with the pain

1. Put Gauze on the Spot

  • After the procedure, your dentist will give you some sterile gauze to put on the hole where your tooth used to be. This helps a blood clot form, which is important for healing. Make sure to change the gauze regularly.

2. Take Your Pain Medicine

  • Your dentist will probably give you some medicine to help with the pain. Make sure to take it exactly as they tell you to.

3. Rinse with Salt Water

After 24 hours, you can gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This can help keep the area clean and reduce swelling.

4. Use Ice Packs

  • You can also put an ice pack on your cheek where the tooth was pulled. But don’t leave it on for too long, or it could hurt your skin. Just 10 minutes at a time, then take a break for 10-15 minutes.

5. Be Gentle with Your Teeth

  • When you brush and floss your teeth, be gentle around the area where the tooth was pulled. You don’t want to accidentally hurt yourself or cause an infection.

By following these tips, you can help make the pain go away faster and avoid any problems with your healing.

What’s The Bottom Line?

Lots of people say their nearby teeth hurt after they get a tooth pulled, and it’s pretty common. When a tooth is gone, the others around it start moving around, trying to fill up the space. But sometimes, the pain can also happen if the blood clot that’s supposed to protect the area comes loose.

Whatever the reason, if the pain sticks around for more than a week, it’s important to call your dentist right away. They can check things out and make sure everything’s okay.


After you get a tooth pulled, it’s normal to feel some discomfort while your mouth heals. This can happen because the gums around the pulled tooth get swollen, the nearby teeth move a bit, or sometimes the blood clot that forms can come loose. Usually, this discomfort goes away after a few days. But if the pain doesn’t get better or gets worse after a week, you should call your dentist right away. They can figure out what’s going on and help you feel better. Just make sure to follow their advice for taking care of your mouth after the extraction, and things should start feeling better soon.


Q1. How long does it hurt after a tooth is pulled next to another one?

A1. It’s normal for nearby teeth to feel tender for a while after a tooth is removed. If it keeps hurting for over two weeks, let us know. Sometimes, during the surgery, your mouth might get stretched, which can make your lips feel cracked and sore.

Q2. Why does the tooth next to the pulled one hurt?

A2. It’s common for the teeth around the pulled one to feel sensitive or tender, especially if you’ve had multiple teeth removed. Using special toothpaste for sensitive teeth might help ease this discomfort.

Q3. Can pulling a tooth hurt the one next to it?

A3. Sometimes, during a tooth extraction, nearby teeth or dental work might accidentally get damaged. Later on, the damaged tooth might start hurting and need treatment.

Q4. What happens to the nearby teeth after a tooth is pulled?

A4. When a tooth is removed, it can make the neighboring teeth move to try to fill in the gap. They might shift around, either sideways or up and down, to fill the space.

Q5. How can you tell if a tooth extraction didn’t go well?

A5. Look out for pain, bleeding, swelling, or infection around the area where the tooth was pulled. If your teeth don’t line up right after the extraction or if you develop a painful or dry socket, where the blood clot covering the extraction site comes loose, it might mean something went wrong.

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