Swelling is normal, don't listen to admckenzie. It can last up to a week, my neice was swollen for 9 days before it started going down. It does not mean dry socket. You can ice it and take tylenol & ibuprofen alternately (tylenol, then 4 hours later ibuprofen, 4 hours later tylenol, and so on and so forth). If the dentist gave you stronger pain meds that you prefer, then keep taking them. It's not an instant thing to heal from an extraction - I've had plenty done to know what it's all like!
at 9:59 PM on Nov. 27, 2009