I figured out why my mouth is still hurting. There appears to be a sliver of bone of unknown size making a magical journey through my gums. This little alien has a name - a sequestrum - something that happens as a result of a difficult or traumatic tooth extraction. Not sure if I mentioned it before, but the tooth extraction was pretty difficult and traumatic. I had enough adrenaline rushing through my body to take out the entire offensive line of a professional football team. Or at least to jump up and punch my dentist in the face.
But that's all over with now, and my memories of the pain are receding. Now all I'm left with is a constant cutting sensation which has suddenly made me sympathetic toward babies. So if you have a baby who is teething and slightly cranky, just remember that your baby doesn't have a cache of Vicodin in its purse.