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Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from decreasing pain and swelling ; be able to open and use jaw for chewing more. If the swelling/pain is getting worse, it is advisable to see your doctor. If there is discharge, abscess, or redness occurring, you should have it evaluated asap.

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist.

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How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

Average 4 days: Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery. Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week.

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How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

2-5 days: If you placed ice on the outside of your face right after the extractions, the selling normally peaks at 48 hours then should stabilize and slowly go down. If you did not use ice it could go on longer.

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What can I do to reduce swelling from wisdom tooth extraction?

What can I do to reduce swelling from wisdom tooth extraction?

Ice/heat: In the first few hours after the extraction, it is recommended that you out ice on the cheek on the side of the extraction. After the first day, you can put mild heat. Always be careful not to hurt yourself with the ice or heat. If the swelling is painful, and doesn't seem to improve, then consult with your dentist or surgeon immediately.

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Wisdom tooth extraction site is swelling, what should I do?

Wisdom tooth extraction site is swelling, what should I do?

Normal or not?: After the removal of wisdom teeth, patients may experience some swelling. Some patients have little or no swelling, while others may have some significant increase during the first two to three days after surgery. Usually by the third day the swelling should peak and decrease. If you are still swollen after one week, contact your dentist or surgeon for advice and follow up.

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When will the swelling in my cheeks go down after my wisdom tooth extraction?

When will the swelling in my cheeks go down after my wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends: This does depend on how difficult they were to remove, but usually 2 weeks.

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In general, what is the recovery time for cheek swelling to go down after a wisdom tooth extraction?

In general, what is the recovery time for cheek swelling to go down after a wisdom tooth extraction?

One week: In general it takes one to two days for the swelling from the trauma from the extraction but if the wisdom tooth was slightly inflamed before the exit. It can take a week to go down with antibiotics taken from the first day if swelling persists after a week it might be a good idea to visit your dentist for further treatment options.

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Wisdom tooth extraction swelling still after a day. Is there anything to do for this?

Wisdom tooth extraction swelling still after a day. Is there anything to do for this?

NSAIDs/warm compress: Having some inflammation afterwards is normal. Taking Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) sodium can help with reducing some discomfort and swelling. After 24 hours of the procedure, you can use warm compresses to help speed up blood flow and decrease inflammatory mediators. Keep your mouth clean, avoid tobacco, drinking through a straw, alcohol ; sodas for up to 5 days afterwards. I wish you a speedy recover.

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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?

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.

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Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Seek help: Any sudden pain, bleeding, or (as in your case) swelling should be evaluated immediately. See your Oral Surgeon, General Dentist, General Physician, ENT Specialist, Urgent Care, or ER. Seek immediate care.

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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. Dealt with numbness for 1 month. Still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. Dealt with numbness for 1 month. Still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

See oral surgeon: Contact the oral surgeon that performed the extraction. There are many variables, if the numbness is reducing that is a good sign. If the numbness continues, a neurosurgeon may be needed, don't wait as time is of the essence.

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Why after 3 weeks am I still have sharp pain, swelling, and blisters forming in my mouth and jaw from wisdom tooth extraction?

Why after 3 weeks am I still have sharp pain, swelling, and blisters forming in my mouth and jaw from wisdom tooth extraction?

See dentist: Could be root piece remaining or just the sharp bony spicule. Your dentist can take xray and eval and treat the same..

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I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

Possible Infection: The late swelling coupled with difficulty opening your mouth could represent a postoperative infection. You should return to your dentist and/or surgeon for evaluation and any recommended treatment (antibiotic and/or incision and drainage of the infected area).

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Possible reasons for bleeding gums after wisdom tooth extraction?

Possible reasons for bleeding gums after wisdom tooth extraction?

Bleeding gums: Some oozing of blood may occur the first day after wisdom tooth extraction and is very common. Don't rinse your mouth, place a gauze on your bleeding gum and bite on it for around 10-15 minutes. It should stop the bleeding. Repeat as needed.

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How do I get food out of a hole in my gums? After wisdom tooth extraction.

How do I get food out of a hole in my gums? After wisdom tooth extraction.

Food in socket: It is always best to first consult with your own dentist for advice and instructions. Having said that: if the tooth was removed within the last 48 hours, just rinse as thoroughly as you can and don't be too concerned if there is still some food or debris in the socket. If it's after 48 hours, you can use an ear bulb syringe filled with water from your local drug store or supermarket-- GENTLY.

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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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