I got my troublesome molar pulled in early January. The fucker was cracked right down the middle of the root.
The aftermath was very delicate for the first three or four days and eating was awkward for at least a couple of weeks as food particles would go down into the hole where the roots of the tooth had been.
It took around 15/16 days for the pain to subside fully. You improve incrementally, day by day.
Gum continues to heal up nicely, most of the hole has filled in at this stage.
Dry socket is the thing you really want to avoid, by all accounts, but you should be able to do that easily enough if you take precautions.