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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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Penicillin vk500 for infected tooth thst needs to be extracted, is this okay?

Penicillin vk500 for infected tooth thst needs to be extracted, is this okay?

Prescription: Did your dentist prescribe this medication? If so, it's OK. If not, and you are self medicating, it is not OK. You need to see a dentist to evaluate your condition and advise you of what meds to take and have that tooth extracted. Feel better soon... ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
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Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
Once
Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
Daily
Rinse with warm salty water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth
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I have a bump where i got my wisdom tooth removed, the bump hurts a little, is it infected? I got it extracted 1 month ago.

I have a bump where i got my wisdom tooth removed, the bump hurts a little, is it infected? I got it extracted 1 month ago.

See the dentist: It is possible that an infection may be present. It can also be a bony spur underneath the bump or food impacted in the socket. See the dentist that removed the tooth for an examination. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Tooth infected for over month. Felt like jawline near tooth was swollen or had knot. Tooth extracted and given biotics. Sinus pain did it spread?

Lower molar?: If this was a lower molar, the chance of it directly causing a sinus infection are highly unlikely. If you have been fighting a chronic infection however, your resistance may be lowered and more prone to a different infection. ...Read more

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If they're malpositioned or impacted discuss removal with your dentist
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Make sure you take care of them like any other tooth in the mouth
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If removal becomes necessary, see an oral surgeon for consultation
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Infected tooth extracted. Felt like knot or swelling in jaw before and after extraction. Could it be abscess? Taking amoxicillin. Will it go away?

Infected tooth extracted. Felt like knot or swelling in jaw before and after extraction.  Could it be abscess? Taking amoxicillin. Will it go away?

Should disappear: If this is residual inflammation or infection, it should resolve now that the cause of the infection is gone. Of course if this is actually part of your jaw (exostoses) that you are feeling, it will not go away. ...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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If partially erupted, keep them clean to prevent a local infection
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If erupted but endangering other teeth, have them removed
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If impacted, have them checked yearly for cysts & if found remove
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What can I do to keep the pain from an infected tooth gone for awhile?

What can I do to keep the pain from an infected tooth gone for awhile?

See a dentist: Antibiotics will only help control the infection so that a dentist can treat the tooth. Once infected, treatment is required ASAP to prevent the infection from spreading. How long would you wait to treat a broken arm or a kidney stone? These types of medical conditions require urgent care. Make the call. ...Read more

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