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A 18-year-old male asked:

I got my wisdom teeth removed 3 days ago. i would like to know how would i tell if i got an infection. and are there any sign i should look for if so.

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Dr. Lisa Frisbie-Teel
15 years experience
Infection: Signs of infection include: fever, difficulty breathing and significant drainage. Follow-up with your surgeon to make sure that you're healing normally.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Discomfort: Dental infections usually manifest themselves with swelling, associated pain from the tender tissue, and possible drainage. If you are just a little sore from the extractions, then you are probably fine.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Signs of infection: What is normal following the removal of wisdom teeth: varying degrees of swelling and discomfort depending upon the difficulty of the extractions and your body's response to trauma. Signs of infection: increasing size and spread of swelling each day after first 24-36 hours, feeling or warmth, fever and chills. Any questions or concerns? Call your surgeon. Always better to be safe than sorry.
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Last updated Sep 3, 2013

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