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Is It Normal to Have Fever After Tooth Extraction?


Your permanent teeth are meant to last throughout your life. However, you may have to get your teeth extracted for various reasons. A tooth extraction is the removal of a single tooth or several teeth from the socket by a dental professional. Extraction may be necessary in instances where you have: 

While tooth extractions are a common procedure we perform at Purity Dental, we understand that you may have reservations about it. You may be worried about the complications that may arise or concerned about the procedure itself. 

With the proper tooth removal techniques and aftercare as instructed by our dentists, you can expect a smooth and relatively quick recovery. However, there may be small side effects, like fever, pain and swelling following a tooth extraction

Fever After Tooth Extraction

It is quite common and normal to have a fever that subsides after a few days after extracting a tooth. However, if you have a high temperature over 38°C along with other symptoms like chills, sweating and aching joints, you may be at risk of infection and require immediate dental care. 

If you have an infection, you may also experience the following symptoms along with a high fever: 

What are the Possible Complications of Tooth Extraction?

In addition to fever, you may experience certain other symptoms, such as:


We offer local anaesthesia during extraction. However, as its effects begin to wear off, you may feel some level of pain and discomfort, which is to be expected. We will prescribe pain relief medication to help with the pain, and it should generally subside within three to four days post-extraction. 


Minor bleeding is normal in the first 24 hours after tooth extraction. If you have minor bleeding, you can wash your hands, and place a small folded piece of gauze over the extraction site and bite gently for about 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, contact our clinic immediately. 


Swelling is often the first reaction after tooth removal and is an indication that your body is healing. Depending on the severity of tooth extraction, you may experience mild to significant swelling around the mouth, cheeks and sides of your face. If swelling persists with intense discomfort or pain, it’s a good idea to consult one of our dentists. 

Dry Socket 

Dry socket is a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot forming over the extraction site gets dislodged, leaving the socket and underlying nerves, bones and soft tissue exposed. You may experience symptoms such as facial pain that radiates to the ear, a foul taste and bad breath if you have a dry socket. 

What to Do After Tooth Extraction? 

Our friendly dentists at Purity Dental will offer aftercare instructions that can help with healing and reduce the severity of post-extraction complications: 

At Purity Dental, we are committed to ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout the process. If you experience severe ongoing pain or discomfort, persistent bleeding, a high fever or swelling that doesn’t go down, speak to our team immediately.