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What could be done for a dry mouth and pain after tooth extraction?

What could be done for a dry mouth and pain after tooth extraction?

Rinse gently & Meds: The dry mouth is usually short lived after extraction, but rinsiing with salt water or mouth lubricaters such as biotene can help. Tylennol or whatever you take for headache will take the edge off of the pain. If not, then see your dentist to evaluate your healing progress and prescribe a pain medicine. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Have had lower teeth extractions & implants. Also have sjogrens w very dry mouth. Deciding on removable vs fixed denture w implants. Recommendations?

Have had lower teeth extractions & implants. Also have sjogrens w very dry mouth. Deciding on removable vs fixed denture w implants. Recommendations?

It would be nice if: We had access to your complete medical & dental history, clinically examine you & see-rays of your mouth, as well as discuss all your options & the pros\cons of each. Then perhaps we could suggest what is the best treatment for you & your particular set of circumstances. Unfortunately, we can't. You will have to trust the best general dentist or prosthodontist that you know for guidance. ...Read more

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I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

Something Squishy: Is it possible that some food was in the socket. If you had a "dry socket" you would know it. They are usually very painful. You didn't mention any pain. If you aren't in pain, I would not worry about it at all. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction week ago, lower molar. Dry socket when pretty closed up wound. Still hurts but wound almost closed. Why isn't the pain going away?

Tooth extraction week ago, lower molar. Dry socket when pretty closed up wound. Still hurts but wound almost closed. Why isn't the pain going away?

Contact your dentist: If you develop new or worsening pain in the days after your tooth extraction, don't try to tough it out. Contact your dentist or oral surgeon for post-op evaluation and x-ray. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction of a decayed molar 4 days ago. Is white yellowish color on top of the clot normal? Or should I fear dry socket.

I had a tooth extraction of a decayed molar 4 days ago. Is white yellowish color on top of the clot normal? Or should I fear dry socket.

You are fine: That is part of the normal healing process. You will know if you have dry socket as you will be in extreme pain. If you have any concerns, see your dentist. ...Read more

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Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

This: This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth.

Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket.
Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine. ...Read more

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How can I stop excessive bleeding from my mouth after tooth extraction?

How can I stop excessive bleeding from my mouth after tooth extraction?

Several things: The first thing to try is to bite on some slightly wet gauze for 30 mins, and repeat this for another 30 mins. If you feel like you are continuing to bleed a lot, bite on a wet tea bag for 30 mins, normally this does the trick. You also may not be bleeding as bad as you think, as blood gets mixed in with your saliva in your mouth it may seem like there is more blood than there is. ...Read more

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Child has swollen gum in roof of mouth after tooth extraction. What is the best remedy?

Child has swollen gum in roof of mouth after tooth extraction. What is the best remedy?

Call the dentist: To find out if this was expected and how best to handle it, or if it requires that you child be seen again. ...Read more

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Bitter taste in mouth after tooth extraction/bone graft. Still have it 4 weeks later. Dr says tooth looks great and taste is not from that. Thoughts?

Bitter taste in mouth after tooth extraction/bone graft. Still have it 4 weeks later. Dr says tooth looks great and taste is not from that. Thoughts?

Bitter taste: Bitter taste in the mouth can be from all sorts of causes. Merely listing them won't really help you. Did you ask your own dentist what he/she thinks are the possibilities even if it's not from the extraction? Did you ask if you should consult with your own physician? You need to be evaluate by both a physician and a dentist to figure this out for you. ...Read more

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Should we use mouth wash immediately after tooth extraction?

Should we use mouth wash immediately after tooth extraction?

Not recommended: Using mouthwash for the first week after any oral surgery procedure to preserve the blood clot and dry socket complication. ...Read more

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When can I stop rinsing my mouth with salt water after a tooth extraction?

When can I stop rinsing my mouth with salt water after a tooth extraction?

About 5-7 days: You shouldn't start until the second day, so the clots have formed. Otherwise you might rinse them out and may get a dry socket. After 24 - 36 hours you can rinse 3 - 5 times a day -gently- for the next 5 - 7 days. ...Read more

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How long do you have to have gauze stuck in your mouth after a tooth extraction?

How long do you have to have gauze stuck in your mouth after a tooth extraction?

Check them in 30 min: Good pressure with gauze will help a clot form. This will prevent dry sockets, and allow healing. Check the guaze in 30 minutes then change them about every hour. Sometimes you can be done with them in a hour, and sometimes you have to change them several times. If you are still bleeding, use thumb pressure on the gauze. ...Read more

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After a tooth extraction, how long do I have to wait before I can stop rinsing my mouth with salt water?

After a tooth extraction, how long do I have to wait before I can stop rinsing my mouth with salt water?

Check with your dent: Check with your dentist. He or she knows your situation best. A simple phone call should give you the answer. ...Read more

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Two white patches on either side of back of mouth. Same area is red, had since november. No pain or bleeding just had a tooth extraction. What could b

Ask a dentist: Redness in tissue may be normal or an indication of chronic infection. If what is described is in fact signs of infection, your entire body has been constantly battling with it within your blood, which affects health of kidneys, liver, joints, etc., in a long run. A trained dentist can assure you whether "wait ; see" approach is wise. So please consult with your dentist or oral surgeon today! ...Read more

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After a tooth extraction why is there a bad taste in the mouth?

After a tooth extraction why is there a bad taste in the mouth?

Concur: I concur with dr davanzis answer. Additionally, there may be some residual bleeding which can leave a bad taste. Also, if other teeth not kept scrupulously clean can leave a bad taste. As dr davanzis said, see your dentist. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction and having pain on roof of mouth afterwards. Help?

Tooth extraction and having pain on roof of mouth afterwards. Help?

Infection: Could be infection from the extraction socket see your dentist for treatment ...Read more

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Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Some pain normal: Some pain is normal after a wisdom tooth extraction. I would update your dentist or oral surgeon of your pain level so they can help control your pain ...Read more

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How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

2-6 weeks, varies: Following a tooth extraction you can should generally feel a gradual improvement in your symptoms over the first 2 weeks. If you feel like the pain is getting worse it is important to see your provider for follow up. Extractions can vary greatly and will take long to heal if bone removal was required. It might also take longer if post op instructions are not followed. ...Read more

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It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

Common complication: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, or tightness in the jaw muscles.. This tightness can last several days to two weeks. Three things will help loosen up the jaw muscles as quickly as possible: heat, stretching, and massage. ...Read more

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My tooth extraction hole is full of yellowish white color stuff. I noticed when I swished my mouth with salt water the yellowish white stuff came out.

My tooth extraction hole is full of yellowish white color stuff. I noticed when I swished my mouth with salt water the yellowish white stuff came out.

Healing tissue: This is likely food debris or healing tissue. Keep the area well irrigated and if not healing see your dentist. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to be able to open your mouth as wide after a tooth extraction?

For a short time: That is not uncommon but should only be for a short time (few days to a week). Muscle and soft tissue tenderness from the ext. Can cause difficulty when opening. If you are concerned you should see your provider for care. ...Read more

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What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

EXT > bad taste?: Lots of possibilities: many patients just don't brush and floss as well after surgery, food decaying in socket, early infection, beginning of dry socket, etc. Make sure you are brushing and flossing adequately, rinsing after the first 24 hours and see your own dentist to check on healing. ...Read more

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How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

Not effective: An extraction site should heal normally without any special assistance. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can slow down healing. Sometimes the extraction site may have residual bone or necrotic tissue that would need to be removed by your dentist. If the extraction site is not healing properly, consult with your dentist. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

Very common, trismus: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, also called tightness in the jaw muscles. See your surgeon for post-op examination and treatment. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

No!: Generally speaking we like to wait 24 hours before rinsing to allow a good blood clot to form. After that, continue to rinse, brush, and floss GENTLY for at least the next few days. Your own dentist should have provided you oral and/or written instructions. Follow those instructions and call that office if you still have questions. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction. Sinus exposed. Now a white puss like circle in mouth next to where tooth was. What do I do? Dentist looked for ten sec. Didn't care.

Tooth extraction. Sinus exposed. Now a white puss like circle in mouth next to where tooth was. What do I do? Dentist looked for ten sec. Didn't care.

More info needed: How far post op are you with the extraction? Are you absolutely sure you have a sinus communication? If so, your dentist needs to manage your post surgical situation or refer you to an oral surgeon. All the best. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long should I keep gauze in my mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

I'm wondering how long should I keep gauze in my mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

Post Op Instructions: Follow the oral and\or written instructions of the dentist who treated you. Call if you are unsure. Generally 30-45 minutes and replace if necessary (more than very slight oozing). ...Read more

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