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Fully Erupted Wisdom Tooth Extraction
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
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
It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Be okay how?: If you have a specific health concern regarding getting an extraction - please clarify ; re-ask question. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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