Following the removal of a tooth, it is normal for the site to be sore for a few days. This discomfort can be alleviated by over the counter analgaesics such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Any bleeding will normally stop within 15 minutes of the procedure. A clean white swab can be placed over the socket and held by biting should the bleeding restart. If the instructions given by the dentist are rigorously followed, healing will take a week to ten days, during which time there can be a bad taste and possibly bad breath. Very occasionally white fragments of bone may be lost from the socket but this is no cause for alarm. However if you have any concerns that the socket is not healing properly or you think it may be infected, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for advice.