Went to dentist for checkup last week and she said one of my teeth was crumbling.....normally great teeth, no probs. She thought it could be connected to pred. Im on 5mg after tapering from 40mg 18 months ago. My aches are great....no increased pain since tapering to 5. Any way dentist decided to extract tooth... not a big molar,just next to my eye tooth on lower jaw. Well !! the trouble started when she tried to remove tooth and after 2 hrs tugging and pulling she had to give up and leave root. She couldnt believe how difficult it was. She then said I will need a surgical removal of root in couple weeks. 10 days now since procedure and I am still eating paracetemol every 6 hours or so...not exceeding 8/day . The pain is horrendous in my ear and jaw and of course the socket. Been checked, no infection no dry socket just inflammation. Was wondering if it is because of pred that Im healing so slowly and should i (unwillingly) raise my pred a bit ....maybe to 7 or 8 . Help please !