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A 32-year-old male asked:

Got upper right wisdom tooth removed because of infection/cavity 5 days ago. been on augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (3/day)for 7 days. infections is back in location of wisdom tooth. have doc appoint in 2 days.what wrong?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edwin Gray
General Practice 54 years experience
Need drainage!: You likely have a dry socket that needs drainage by your dentist. Consider going to dentist sooner for quicker relief.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: Pain 5 days after having a wisdom tooth is extracted because of infection may be due to persistence of infection or possibly alveolar osteitis(dry socket). Normally a blood clot forms in the socket that remains when a tooth is extracted. If the blood clot dislodges the underlying bone and nerves are exposed causing pain and inflammation. SEE: http://bit.ly/1yMdUdC
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Post surg infection: It could be an unresolved infection from that tooth, a problem with the adjacent tooth, dry socket, the antibiotics could not be effective, etc. I suggest you see your own dentist sooner! If it's really painful and your own dentist can't see you right away, consider seeing another Oral Surgeon.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Post-op infection: You should see your dentist if you have signs of infection after the procedure. Common signs are: fever, yellow discharge from the socket, and persistent pain and swelling.

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