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What to do after having a tooth extracted?

What to do after having a tooth extracted?

This varies...: I would ask your dentist the same thing since he/she knows the particulars of your situation. Your care can be anywhere from not having to change much of your life at all to having to maintain a softer, more homogenous diet for up to six weeks. Physical activity may need to be decreased anywhere from a couple of days to a week. Use of a straw may not be recommended for up to a week. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more


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After having a tooth extracted does the gum cause the other tooth in front to hurt?

After having a tooth extracted does the gum cause the other tooth in front to hurt?

Postoperative pain: Postoperative pain can certainly cause the teeth and gum tissue to hurt, but you may have an infection. See the dentist who did the oral surgery for advice. ...Read more

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Are jaw spasms normal after having a tooth extracted?

Are jaw spasms normal after having a tooth extracted?

Sometimes: Prolonged tetanic spasms of the jaw muscles following extraction is known as trismus and is caused by inflamation and edema in the muscles of mastication. During extrractions these muscles often get overly stimulated from wide and /or prolonged opening during surgery. Normally the spasms will resolve spontaneously. You can seek comfort by applying warm compresses to the area. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to swallow blood after having a tooth extracted?

Please advise if it's bad to swallow blood after having a tooth extracted?

May cause: Nausea and possibly vomiting. Spit out blood if possible. If actively bleeding put in gauze an bite down to put pressure on it. If a lot ff bleeding continues call dentist. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to get dry socket after having a tooth extracted and bone grafting done?

Would it be possible to get dry socket after having a tooth extracted and bone grafting done?

Dry socket hurts!!: Dry socket feels like your head will explode. There is no dancing around it. What you have is probably normal postoperative discomfort. The risk of dry socket is low with grafting. If you have any doubts your dentist will be happy to take a quick look I'm sure. ...Read more

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What painkillers can I take with diclofenac sodium after having a tooth extracted and a bit of my jaw fixed?

What painkillers can I take with diclofenac sodium after having a tooth extracted and a bit of my jaw fixed?

Narcotic/combination: Diclofenac is a non steroidal which relieves pain by reducing swelling. It filters through the kidney. Most agree that a narcotic such as hydrocodone/acetometaphen combination in conjunction with an NSAID such as diclofenac is standard to reduce post operative pain. ...Read more

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I'm 24 weeks pregnant, can I take percocet for a few days after having a tooth extracted?

I'm 24 weeks pregnant, can I take percocet for a few days after having a tooth extracted?

Yes...: A couple of doses of Percocet to control pain after a surgical procedure should not be a problem. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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Is it common to have pain 3 days after having a supernumerary tooth extracted?

Is it common to have pain 3 days after having a supernumerary tooth extracted?

Minor pain: I would go back and see your dentiat oif you are having alot of pain. Minor discomfort is okay as long as it keeps getting better. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's normal to have pain 3 days after having a supernumerary tooth extracted?

Can be: There will be some pain or discomfort after this extraction and it will depend on the difficulty of the extraction, surgical or simple and your personal factors, health history and sensitivity to pain. Follow the instructions given at the time of the extraction. If you are having severe pain or swelling you should call the extracting dentist. ...Read more

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After having a back tooth extracted 3 weeks ago... I still have pain and inflamed gums... Do I have an infection?

After having a back tooth extracted 3 weeks ago... I still have pain and inflamed gums... Do I have an infection?

Possibly: Approximate healing time is usually up to 10 days, but it may depend upon the severity of the extraction and if infection was already present. I would call the dentist/oral surgeon and get back in asap. ...Read more

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How common is dry socket after having a wisdom tooth extracted? I'm going to have two wisdom teeth out in a little over week, and have heard horror stories from friends about how they had dry socket. Is this common, and something I really need to worry ab

How common is dry socket after having a wisdom tooth extracted? I'm going to have two wisdom teeth out in a little over week, and have heard horror stories from friends about how they had dry socket. Is this common, and something I really need to worry ab

The: The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for five or six days.
Some people may be more likely to get dry socket after having a tooth pulled. That includes people who:
smoke
have poor oral hygiene
have wisdom teeth pulled
have greater than usual trauma during the tooth extraction surgery
use birth control pills
have a history of dry socket after having teeth pulled

rinsing and spitting a lot or drinking through a straw after having a tooth extracted also can increase your risk of getting dry socket.
Basically there is no one true answer to getting a dry socket but listen to your doctor and follow their post op instructions. Keep in mind even if you follow the instructions to a t, you still may get one. The chances are low.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I now have a sinus infection after having my lower right wisdom tooth extracted a few weeks ago. Is this a complication?

I now have a sinus infection after having my lower right wisdom tooth extracted a few weeks ago. Is this a complication?

Not related: The maxillary sinus sits right above the roots of maxillary molars and premolars and is not related to lower teeth. See your PCP if concerned. ...Read more

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What is it like getting a tooth extracted?

What is it like getting a tooth extracted?

Simple, fine.: Before the extraction the dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed so you do not feel any pain at all. Any mild discomfort that you may feel after the tooth is removed can be easily controlled with pain medication. You may feel some pressure during the extraction. ...Read more

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Does getting an adult tooth extracted hurt?

Does getting an adult tooth extracted hurt?

Doesn't have to.: Extractions can be done under local anesthetic ("novocaine") or sedation (most commonly in an oral surgeon's office) and so it doesn't hurt while being done. Afterward, ant pain is managed with painkillers such as Ibuprofen or percoset and sometimes a corticosteroid (decadron). If you worry less and just relax, you will be fine! ...Read more

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I have to get a tooth extracted. What can I expect?

I have to get a tooth extracted. What can I expect?

Slight soreness: Usually patients are sore for 1-2 days. A quick recovery is expected. ...Read more

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What to do about my discomfort since having a tooth extracted?

What to do about my discomfort since having a tooth extracted?

Swelling and Pain: I would recommend Ibuprofen 600mg every 6 hours for first few days. It takes care of both swelling and pain. ...Read more

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I want to have my tooth extracted and it hurts when I touch it?

I want to have my tooth extracted and it hurts when I touch it?

Your options first: First have it evaluated to see why it hurts when you touch it and what would have to be done to save the tooth. It's easy and inexpensive to remove a tooth, but more complicated and much more expensive to replace it. If you merely extract teeth when they hurt, you'll end up with no teeth and dentures. First discuss options with your dentist and then make an informed and wise decision. ...Read more

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Help! I had a tooth extracted a month ago can't stand the pain?

Help! I had a tooth extracted a month ago can't stand the pain?

Not normal: You should not still be in pain. You have some kind of complication. Go back to your surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a tooth extracted but was given no antibioticsshould I take some anyway?

What to do if I had a tooth extracted but was given no antibioticsshould I take some anyway?

No: If your dentist didn't think you needed an antibiotic, then if no subsequent infection occures, forget about it.
We are trying to use antibiotics less often than we used to because of the amount of antibiotic resistant bacteria showing up. ...Read more

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I am waiting to get my tooth extracted on the top but my bottom tooth is in pain. What should I do?

I am waiting to get my tooth extracted on the top but my bottom tooth is in pain. What should I do?

Attend to pain first: You can have your dentist treat or temporize the painful tooth first, then take the other one out. ...Read more

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I'm having a tooth extracted today after work. I'm extremely nervous...I also have a 45 minute drive home. Will I be ok to drive home?

I'm having a tooth extracted today after work. I'm extremely nervous...I also have a 45 minute drive home. Will I be ok to drive home?

It depends: There are wide variety of oral surgery procedures. Some can be done under local anesthesia. Your doctor would simply inject your tooth or region and have the tooth removed. There are other procedures that are more complicated and you might need to be sedated or asleep under general anesthesia. You would need someone to accompany you for those procedures. ...Read more

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I had had tooth extracted twice now third tooth am coming in without roots for the second time. Does anyone know a name for that condition?

I had had tooth extracted twice now third tooth am coming in without roots for the second time. Does anyone know a name for that condition?

Hmmm?: I am not sure what you are describing. Multiple teeth coming in from the same site? Multiple teeth erupting or being extracted without roots? Are you really 32 years old? Please re-post your question with more specific information and we will try to answer your question. ...Read more

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Can I expect to have some minor pain and discomfort from time to time after a tooth extracted and buccal wall compromised? It has been 2 months now.

Not normally: After two months, you should be fully healed and pain free. It could be another problem or some unresolved issue from the extraction. Return to your dentist to be evaluated and if you don't get an answer that makes sense to you, see another dentist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Got my tooth extracted, how do I tell if it's infected?

Signs, see DDS: Pain, swelling, & fever are the three cardinal signs of an infection. Therefore, if the pain is not going away or getting worse, you have swelling all of a sudden when you didn't before or the swelling is getting worse, or you have a fever with no other apparent cause, all signs of an infection. You shouldn't have to figure this out for yourself. See your dentist for routine post-op care. ...Read more

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Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Just had tooth extracted, how do I tell if its infected?

Symptoms: If swelling gets larger instead of smaller. I f you are feeling worse instead of better. These are a couple of examples. Best answer if any concern is to return to your dentist to evaluate for you. ...Read more

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I just had a back tooth extracted why do I feel so sick now?

I just had a back tooth extracted why do I feel so sick now?

Sick: There are a number of different possibilities, including coincidence. Best if you speak to the surgeon/ dentist who treated you as they know you, know your medical history best and how the procedure went. ...Read more

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I had a back tooth extracted is it ok to leave the space there?

I had a back tooth extracted is it ok to leave the space there?

That depends: Often, back teeth are extracted without significant consequences (wisdom teeth / third molars). First and second molars however, are important chewing teeth and support each other as they function as well as support the size of the bone that they are in. Loss of back teeth could negatively affect the remaining teeth position, stability and function and, can even affect the jaw joint (tmj). ...Read more