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After a wisdom tooth extraction - assuming the tooth was fully erupted - how long does it take for the extraction site to heal?

After a wisdom tooth extraction - assuming the tooth was fully erupted - how long does it take for the extraction site to heal?

Wound healing: With the understanding that each case is different from both a dental and medical standpoint here are some basic guidelines. Gums will heal over in about 10 days to 2 weeks, although the gum may still feel somewhat tender for longer. Bone maturation takes 8-12 weeks generally. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


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I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

Muscles: Likely still some inflammation in the muscles from the surgery. You can massage them carefully, soak them with mouthful of warm water inside followed by hot compresses outside. Can also take alleve or Ibuprofen to help with inflammation. Call your surgeon and report this and ask for special recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Be patient: It is common to have a limited jaw movement after wisdom tooth extraction. Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to get the normal range of motion. Moist heat and passive stretching will speed the process. ...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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Scared of wisdom tooth extraction :i'm scared of blood, drilling sounds, etc. I will be fully awake but obviously numbed.

Scared of wisdom tooth extraction :i'm scared of blood, drilling sounds, etc. I will be fully awake but obviously numbed.

Me too: No one likes having dental procedures done. Very normal to be apprehensive. More than anything, it's fear of the unknown. But you oral surgeon has done this literally thousands of times. Call the office ahead of time. Express your concerns. Ask for suggestions. It also alerts them that you may require just a little extra chair time to assure your complete comfort. ...Read more

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How many days on average will pain and swelling last after a wisdom tooth extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth? Will the pain be bearable?

How many days on average will pain and swelling last after a wisdom tooth extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth? Will the pain be bearable?

O.Surgery guidelines: Guidelines to determine degree of difficulty in removing wisdom teeth and predicting post-op pain and swelling. Tooth position is a major determinant in the methods used in extractions. Generally, more fully erupted teeth require less surgical intervention. Angled or tilted teeth, no. Of roots and curvature of roots may require sectioning of the roots resulting in more pain and swelling. ...Read more

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Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt?

Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt?

Painless: Having a wisdom tooth pulled is sometimes necessary. Before extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are anxious, your dentist may use IV sedation that will prevent pain completely and make you sleep through the procedure. Anesthesia is the key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Wisdom tooth: Not based on what you have told us. Why do you ask? Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Wisdom Teeth: Everyone has a different experience, and it's difficult to generalize. Pain is also very subjective and variable from person to person. I encourage you to have a thorough discussion with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will alleviate any anxiety about the procedure you may have. The majority of patients get through the procedure just fine. Stay positive. ...Read more

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How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

Variable: Depends on the complexity of the procedure, experience of the surgeon, and choice of anesthesia. ...Read more

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Safety of partial wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends what's left: If only some wisdom teeth and not others were extracted often safe, if only part of the tooth is removed it's probably not so safe. ...Read more

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Can I eat before a wisdom tooth extraction?

Can I eat before a wisdom tooth extraction?

For local only: If your surgeon is using local anesthetic only, then yes. If he/she is using sedation you will want to check with them as there will be restrictions. ...Read more

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What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

Varies by specialist: The cost of having your wisdom tooth extracted will vary by specialist, zip code and type of anesthesia used. It could start at $180.00 and up. ...Read more

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How do I save myself from wisdom tooth extraction?

How do I save myself from wisdom tooth extraction?

It's not that easy: You have no control over your tooth size, jaw size and growth of 3rd. Molars. They are the cards in life you have been delt.
If the teeth erupt and you can clean them, you may be able to keep them a lifetime. But if they are unable to come up or only come up part way, they cause big trouble, painful infections and trouble for the tooth next to them. You could loose multiple teeth. ...Read more

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What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Usually anything: Usually there are no restrictions other than really hot foods while your mouth is numb and anything that you have to suck through a straw because using a straw could lead to loss of clot and then a dry socket. I also tell people to avoid chips, nachos, etc so they don't cut the extraction site/clot. ...Read more

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Would I be okay during my wisdom tooth extraction?

Would I be okay during my wisdom tooth extraction?

Be okay how?: If you have a specific health concern regarding getting an extraction - please clarify ; re-ask question. ...Read more

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I'm nervous for wisdom tooth extraction, should I be?

I'm nervous for wisdom tooth extraction, should I be?

Perfectly Normal: It's normal to be concerned... After all, it is a minor surgical procedure... Then again, your oral surgeon has done this thousands of times... You're not his first patient! Express your concerns to the surgeon; I'm sure after explaining the procedure again, you will be more at ease. ...Read more

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What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

Many: Many but uncommon. Can have pain, swelling, limited jaw opening, bleeding, dry socket, infection, sinus issues, numb lower lip or tongue, mandible fracture. ...Read more

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Is $2, 245 a normal rate for wisdom tooth extraction?

In California: If all four wisdom teeth are planned for removal and you are having sedation or general anesthesia, the fee is probably reasonable and customary. It would be similar in my area. Good luck! ...Read more

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Exactly how much should a wisdom tooth extraction cost?

Lots of variables: There is a very wide range here. A simple extraction vs. A horizontal full bony impaction? Iv sedation vs. Local anesthesia alone. Big city prestigious office vs. Local rural dentist? Fee for service private practice vs. Insurance plan office? You've already received some idea from my colleagues. Best way to find out for sure is to see your local dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What is a wisdom tooth extraction? How is it performed?

A: A wisdom tooth extraction is an extraction of a third molar. It it the farthest tooth back in the mouth both on the top and the bottom. Depending on how impacted the tooth is and angle the tooth formed at will determine if you are a able to have it out if say a lower third molar is enveloped with the nerve. Your tooth may need to be "cut in half", bone may need to be removed or it may be as simple as other teeht. Only a consultation with x-rays will determine how difficult it will be to extract. Most wisdom teeth can be extracted under local or sedation. It depends on your anxiety level and how much you want to know what is going on. It is also best to get all 4 wisdom teethout at once and heal at one time and not have to worry about it later in life. If you decide on sedation, you will need to discusss this with the surgeon to make sure you are medically fit to go under sedation.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it common for an wisdom tooth extraction site to throb?

Is it common for an wisdom tooth extraction site to throb?

It might!: Painful throbbing is common the first 24-48 hours after the extraction without medication. Take the meds that were prescribed for you and follow the post op instructions carefully. If your extraction was done three or more days ago and still throbs, you need to contact your dentist and let them know. Infection can cause prolonged pain and needs to be seen. ...Read more

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Why am I seeing black stuff after wisdom tooth extraction?

Nothing to worry: After wisdom tooth extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. When blood dries it usually truns quite dark and black in color. Get well soon. ...Read more

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What are common complications of a wisdom tooth extraction?

See Below: There are many possible complications from a wisdom tooth extraction but I would not really call them 'common'. Mild to moderate pain and swelling are not really complications but are considered normal with certain extractions. Some complications are nerve damage, dry socket, infection. ...Read more

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Need to flush out the hole after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Need to flush out the hole after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Don't dislodge clot: Do not rinse for the first 24 hours, after that rinse gently and never dislogde the blood clot.
Follow the instructions of your dentist to the letter to avoid "dry socket". ...Read more

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When can you eat regular food after wisdom tooth extraction.

3-4 days: I usually recommend a soft diet for 2-3 days following extraction but this depends on the extraction itself. Each peson heals differently so after a couple of days you can start eating foods that you can tolerate. Avoid hard chewy, chrunchy, and spicy foods until you are feeling better. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can recover from wisdom tooth extraction?

Can I tell me how I can recover from wisdom tooth extraction?

Post op instruction: You should keep the surrounding area clean with normal oral hygiene effort. Take your antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic medication as prescribed. Degree of swelling should be controlled. Balance nutritious meal are good for healing. Avoid sharp food (tacos, chips, nuts). Avoid strenuous activity, alcohol, smoking, sucking on straw. Follow up with dentist/surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long will wisdom tooth extraction pain last?

I'm wondering how long will wisdom tooth extraction pain last?

Tooth extraction: Pain and swelling following wisdom tooth extraction is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery, after that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. If pain persists or worsens, it may require attention and you should call your dentist or an oral surgeon for follow up appointment. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the process for a wisdom tooth extraction?

Surgery: In order to remove a wisdom tooth surgery will most likely be necessary as the teeth may be impacted (buried) or have multiple roots. The process is to lift up the gum around the tooth, removing bone that is covering the tooth, ; cutting the tooth into pieces to remove it. This is true of most lower wisdom teeth while most upper ones are removed in one piece. Usually with local or IV anesthesia. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction?

1 day to weeks: The recoverytime will depend on how
1. How many teeth wer removed?
2. Were they extracted easily or was a dental handpiece used to remove bone around the tooth. (were the teeth above or below your gum line.
3. Are you getting exercise several times a week or you do not exercise at all.
4. Younger people recover faster than older people.
5. Do you have any medical issues or not. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: wisdom tooth extraction?

What is the definition or description of: wisdom tooth extraction?

Bye-bye wisdom teeth: This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them from the front backward. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the pain of wisdom tooth extraction last?

1 day to 1 week: Very hard to predict how you will react to the surgery since it is unknown how fast you heal, your pain tolerance, and the difficulty of the extraction. ...Read more

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What happens is I usecocaine 6 days after wisdom tooth extraction?

What happens is I usecocaine 6 days after wisdom tooth extraction?

Same thing: Same thing that would happen if you use recreational cocaine at any other time, it will do damage to your body and may eventually kill you. Codeine, however, in prescription medication, may help you feel better if you are still sore. However if you are still sore, return to the Surgeon for reevaluation. ...Read more

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I need to know what is to be expected for a wisdom tooth extraction?

I need to know what is to be expected for a wisdom tooth extraction?

Some discomfort: The gum tissue at the extraction site will be sore and tender to touch for approximately one week. You may have limited jaw opening. You may have swelling. You might have discomfort in the bone. ...Read more

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What will a person go through when having a wisdom tooth extraction?

Several things: A surgical procedure is an 'injury'. Any injury can be followed by: swelling, pain, and other signs of inflammation (redness of the affected tissue, warmth of the adjacent area, loss of normal function). These signs and symptoms tend to reach a peak at 48 hours post injury (surgery) and then begin to return to normal.
These things can be expected after an extraction of a wisdom tooth. ...Read more

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What should I expect from going through with wisdom tooth extraction?

What should I expect from going through with wisdom tooth extraction?

See your dentist: Wisdom teeth can be extracted with little or no post operative complications. Pain and swelling is usually a function of the trauma from the procedure. Trauma is a function of the preoperative findings. I strongly recommend you see a qualified oral surgeon to properly evaluate and guide your treatment needs. Best of luck -. ...Read more

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When does the protective covering go away after a wisdom tooth extraction?

When does the protective covering go away after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Varies: Based on the complexity of the extraction, you can expect 4-6 weeks with bone remodeling to occur over the next 6 months ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the pain from wisdom tooth extraction usually last?

Normally, how long would the pain from wisdom tooth extraction usually last?

Varies: A few days to a few weeks. Depends on your personal make-up and the difficulty of the procedure. Days 2-3 often the worst, with gradually diminishing discomfort after that. If your experience is anything other than this, call your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What could be the thing that's smelly coming from my wisdom tooth extraction?

What could be the thing that's smelly coming from my wisdom tooth extraction?

Putrefaction: The contents of a recent tooth extraction socket is the "perfect storm" for bad smell: warmth, moisture, bacteria, and abundant fermentable organic debris, blood clot, and exuding serous exudate. Every recent extraction smells until the natural healing process allows the wound to close over, bringing resolution to the problem. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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