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I had a tooth extraction almost 5 days ago. Should I only brush my teeth once a day for the next two weeks or I can brush my teeth twice a day? When can I eat hot &or spicy and normal food (not only soft&liquid food) again after the tooth extraction?

I had a tooth extraction almost 5 days ago. Should I only brush my teeth once a day for the next two weeks or I can brush my teeth twice a day? When can I eat hot &or spicy and normal food (not only soft&liquid food) again after the tooth extraction?

Post-surgical: Please consult written instructions given to you by Dentist or Oral Surgeon who did the extraction. Brush 2x/day, being gentle around the extraction site. Floss daily. Gradually return to normal-textured food. Try to avoid Hot or Spicy foods for another week. ...Read more

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After a single tooth extraction, when can I brush and floss my teeth?

After a single tooth extraction, when can I brush and floss my teeth?

After Extraction: Generally speaking you should continue to brush and floss later the same day after bleeding is under control. Just be extra careful in that area. Having said that, follow the directions of your own dentist. ...Read more

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How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction?

How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction?

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 surgical site to avoid disrupting any stitches or blood clot. ...Read more

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Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Brush all your teeth: I advise my patients to brush all of their teeth like they normally do, or are supposed to following surgery. They are advised to avoid brushing over the surgical sites the day of surgery, begin brushing lightly over the surgical sites the next day (after 24 hours) and then brush as usual on the second postoperative day (after 48 hours). They are also advised to avoid spitting the first 24 hrs. ...Read more

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How many days after wisdom tooth extraction should I brush at wound site? For now I only rinse with corsodyl and brush other teeth.

How many days after wisdom tooth extraction should I brush at wound site? For now I only rinse with corsodyl and brush other teeth.

24 hours after: The surgery you can resume gentle brushing and cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, use warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed. ...Read more

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When will I be able to brush near the site of the wisdom tooth extraction?

When will I be able to brush near the site of the wisdom tooth extraction?

After a few days: I do not recommend brushing in the area of the wisdom teeth the day of extraction. Brush your other teeth though. You may try gently brushing the nearby teeth a few days after. General rule if things are still sore, give it more time. ...Read more

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How long do you rinse with salt water after a tooth extraction, before resuming brushing?

How long do you rinse with salt water after a tooth extraction, before resuming brushing?

1-2 days: You can and should resume brushing after 1 day but avoid any irritated areas and rinse with salt water. ...Read more

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Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction. Whatisit?

Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction. Whatisit?

Good question: How long ago was the tooth extracted. If within the last few weeks, the area may still be in the process of healing where the gum is not fully filled in, covered over and smooth. However, if it hasn't been getting better or still there after that time, see the dentist who extracted the tooth for an evaluation. Regardless your dentist is responsible for follow up aftercare, almost always no charge ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after tooth extractions?

How long do I have to wait to brush my teeth after tooth extractions?

24 hours: You can brush your other teeth but it is best to stay avoid the areas where your teeth were extracted for 24 hours. That will give enough time to insure there is a good clot formation that is less likely to be lost and rebleed. ...Read more

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Why is it sensitive when I brush after teeth extraction?

Why is it sensitive when I brush after teeth extraction?

Collateral damaged: It is possible that soft tissue can be damaged and lead to lacerations, abrasions, and contusions pain. Normal healing processes most frequently repair the surgical area within a few weeks. ...Read more

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How long would it take before I can brush my teeth after wisdom teeth extraction?

How long would it take before I can brush my teeth after wisdom teeth extraction?

The same day: Maintaining good oral hygiene is important. You can brush all of your teeth except where your teeth were removed the day of surgery. I advise my patients to brush lightly over the extraction sites the first day after surgery and resume normal brushing on the second postoperative day. ...Read more

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How long after my wisdom teeth extraction before can I brush my teeth with toothpaste again?

The next day: You should have had some instructions from the dentist explaining this to you. You can start brushing the next day, but be careful around the extraction sites as they are tender, sore and easily abraded and can bleed readily. ...Read more

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'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Teeth pain after o/s: Frequently the adjacent teeth to the wisdom teeth will feel sore for a few days after surgery. Very normal. If you have severe pain, return to your oral surgeon for an post op check. ...Read more

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Why do my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Referred Pain: Pain from the extraction site may be referred down the nerve trunk that innervates the other teeth. In addition, pressure from the actual extraction may have inflamed the adjacent teeth. Pain meds should help your discomfort, and a call to your surgeon is in order if they don't. ...Read more

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What to do if other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Start with NSAIDs: Its possible that they may have been disturbed during the extraction or while the anesthesia was wearing off. Start with some anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). If these do not make it feel better, you may want to return to the surgeon and have them evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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Hi, what is the usual healing time after wisdom teeth/tooth extraction?

Hi, what is the usual healing time after wisdom teeth/tooth extraction?

1-2 weeks: Is about the usual. Sometimes can be longer if complications such as infection or dry socket. Suggest see your dentist if not progressing as you expect ...Read more

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After a wisdom tooth extraction is it normal for my teeth on the same side as the extraction to hurt?

After a wisdom tooth extraction is it normal for my teeth on the same side as the extraction to hurt?

Yes: Most likely this is referred pain. The same nerves go to several of the teeth, so if the area of the extraction is starting to ache, then several other teeth may seem like they are also hurting. However, if the pain worsens or doesn't resolve, call the dentist. A local infection is also possible after an extraction. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my two canine teeth are a bit sharper than normal people's. Will I need a tooth extraction or will a dentist just have to file them?

Should I be concerned if my two canine teeth are a bit sharper than normal people's. Will I need a tooth extraction or will a dentist just have to file them?

Pointy cuspids: I wouldn't be concerned about sharper than normal canine teeth. It certainly doesn't require extraction. Yes, they can be easily reshaped. Discuss this issue with your own dentist for best advice. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction 5 days ago. The pain hasn't stopped and my gums are swelling regularly, usually every 3 hours. Please advise. I've had teeth extracted before and never had a problem.

I had a tooth extraction 5 days ago. The pain hasn't stopped and my gums are swelling regularly, usually every 3 hours. Please advise. I've had teeth extracted before and never had a problem.

Tooth extraction: This sounds like you have a dry socket or an infection, but it needs to be seen clinically and visually to make an accurate diagnosis.
Call your dentist or surgeon ASAP for an examination. ...Read more

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There's white substances get stuck with my tooth extraction site. How to remove it? I just removed my wisdom teeth yesterday.

Don't remove it: It may be scaffolds...underneath this matrix, it is getting healed... have it evaluated with your dentist... don't touch it for now... ...Read more

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4 (?) Days sense tooth extraction and now all the rest of my teeth feel like they're screeming at me. Is this normal? If so why?

4 (?) Days sense tooth extraction and now all the rest of my teeth feel like they're screeming at me. Is this normal? If so why?

Tooth pain: Nope, that's not normal. Call the dentist who performed the extraction to be sure there is not a serious complication such as infection. ...Read more

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How soon after a tooth extraction can I have something put in to replace it? I need to have a tooth pulled, but want to go as short a time as possible with a gap in my teeth. How long will the spot where my tooth was have to heal before I can get somethin

How soon after a tooth extraction can I have something put in to replace it? I need to have a tooth pulled, but want to go as short a time as possible with a gap in my teeth. How long will the spot where my tooth was have to heal before I can get somethin

Sometimes: Sometimes an extracted tooth can be replaced immediately after an extraction. More often than not, it is better to wait until the bone has filled in either partially or completely before placing an implant. There are a lot of factors to consider for example, the amount of remaining bone, whether or not there was an infection present, the type or hardness of the bone, the position of your remaining teeth, whether or not the extracted tooth is a lower or upper tooth and whether or not it is a front or back tooth. Each case has to be evaluated individually and I would suggest that you discuss this with your dentist in order to make an intelligent decision as to when to replace that missing tooth. ...Read more

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Why do I have front teeth crowding after wisdom tooth extraction?

Why do I have front teeth crowding after wisdom tooth extraction?

Unrelated: There are lots of reasons for front teeth to crowd, most of them developmental, but removing wisdom teeth is not one of them. Crowding of front teeth is often noticed about the same time that wisdom teeth require rx, but removing wisdom teeth does not cause anterior crowding. Crowding will progress unless addressed. You have to see an orthodontist, there's no way around it. Go now please. ...Read more

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My upper teeth are causing extreme pain after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

My upper teeth are causing extreme pain after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

Collateral damage: During the wisdom tooth extraction (complicate) a lot of pressure is placed on the adjacent tissue: gums, chicks and neighbor teeth, TMJ and muscles. It creates the inflammation and consequently pain. The good news that in the majority cases the pain is transitory. If concerned, please call your oral surgeon/ dentist for post extraction consultation.

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My lower teeth are tingling after wisdom tooth extraction last week. Is this normal? How long is the recovery time? Everything else if fine.

My lower teeth are tingling after wisdom tooth extraction last week. Is this normal? How long is the recovery time? Everything else if fine.

Paresthesia: Is a rarer complication of lower dental implant placement. See your surgeon for post-op evaluation and a proper parasthesia treatment as early as possible. The sooner rather than later for a better outcome. Good luck. ...Read more

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I lost two of my lower bicuspid teeth on both sides. Can I use braces to fix the gap? I don't think I need tooth extraction because my teeth are not crowded.

I lost two of my lower bicuspid teeth on both sides. Can I use braces to fix the gap? I don't think I need tooth extraction because my teeth are not crowded.

Criteria: As a 19 year old, if the rest of your teeth are in correct position, and your occlusion (bite) is normal, it would be best to replace those missing teeth with implant supported crowns and as soon as possible to prevent drifting of your remaining teeth. Otherwise I recommend that you consult with both an orthodontist and restorative dentist to work as a team & decide what treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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#19 tooth extraction a week ago now rolling pain throughout all teeth. What's happening?

See your dentist: It could be a socket pain, or nerve ending exposed, you need to see your dentist. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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