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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Wisdom tooth : Follow the post op instructions given by the extracting dentist. No smoking. Soft diet. Take the pain medications as directed. No strenuous activities ... Read More

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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Usually not: The first 3 days are the most critical and as long as you are careful, it shouldn't be a problem. Some stitches do not actually fall out but dissolve. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Cohen
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Maybe: It may but usually not that much. Usually the pain is easily managed with a prescription pain medication but some patients find tylenol (acetaminophe ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Tips for pain relief: Any tooth extraction can be uncomfortable. The key is good home care. As soon as possible place an ice pack on your face...Even if you have to store ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roberto Porras
24 years experience Periodontics
Wisdom tooth: The nerve could have been damaged during removal, contact the surgeon and let them know, they may decide to put you on steroids.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Not usually: They will usually assume a position based on the opposing teeth in the opposite arch. If they were trying to go there and the wisdom teeth prevented i ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Usually no: Teeth do not usually drift distally, the tend to drift mesially, away from your wisdom teeth.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
They can: Despite the rumors there is plenty of evidence indicating that the wisdom teeth play very little role in moving teeth. So if teeth move it is from so ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Inflammation?: How long ago were your wisdom teeth removed? Where is the inflammation? Are you in any pain? Is the inflammation getting better, worse or staying the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience Dentistry
With caution: You can brush normally after extractions except for the surgical sites. Brushing may traumatize the tissue, cause bleeding and delay healing. Be gentl ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Normal: That is not unusual. It should go away with time and if not, have your dentist take a look and see to make sure there are no problems.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Discuss this with your dentist.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Not abnormal: It is a surgical procedure and depending on severity of impaction, swelling is a post operative symptom which will resolve. Use ice packs to reduce a ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Don't brush 24 h: only gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3-4 X per day. After the 24 hours, start brushing your teeth, being particularly gentle near the sur ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Don't smoke or drink: Smoking retards healing as well as drinking alcohol. Initially do not drink carbonated beverages and do not use a straw. Healing should start quickly. ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
Yes: After any surgery bleeding is very possible. I know when I do extractions of any teeth, including wisdom teeth, bleeding and swelling is very common. ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
The opposite is true: flossing your teeth after a meal can help to prevent gum disease and teeth to shift.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Not usually: Dry sockets result from the loss of the blood clot forming in the hole where the tooth was. Anything that will disrupt, dislodge, rupture, loosen or b ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
NO: You may be feeling some numbness of the throat due to the injecttions you received to help deaden the pain but, you should not have swelling of the th ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No, but: In some instances it is a good idea. This is usually the case in older patients who have had bone loss associated with impacted wisdom teeth.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Residual?: Have you been seen by a dentist? Wisdom teeth are frequently oddly shaped and may be fractured to begin with. I would check to see if you do not have ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: A dry socket can occur with the removal of any tooth, although in my practice, it is quite rare with removal of teeth in the upper jaw. Smoking, vigo ... Read More
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