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Hard lump on back lower jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Feels very bruised. Won't allow mouth to open. No infection. Pain into gums and ear.

Hard lump on back lower jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Feels very bruised. Won't allow mouth to open. No infection. Pain into gums and ear.

Tooth extraction: Hi Robin, When was the extraction? For about 4-6 days it is normal to have the swelling depending on how bad it was before the extraction. It will feel swollen, bruised and cause spasms of the masseter muscle prevention mouth opening. Pain accompanies inflammation that is secondary to the extraction and possibly the infection that required it. Please see your dentist if this persists beyond 6 days

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Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Post op pain: It could be a dry socket or you may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Difficult teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon.

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Could my inhalers cause infection after tooth extraction? In terrible pain. Looks infected. Not a dry socket.

Could my inhalers cause infection after tooth extraction? In terrible pain. Looks infected. Not a dry socket.

Possible: If inhaler is steroid, theoretical increase risk of infection. It probably is a dry socket. See dentist for evaluation and recommendations.

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What can I do to treat a recurrent/persistent infection after wisdom tooth extraction?

See your dentist: You should return the dentist who performed your surgery for evaluation and determination of the cause of the recurring infection. X-rays or additional studies may be performed and depending on the findings, a minor surgical procedure may also be required to resolve the problem.

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I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? How does infection look?

I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? How does infection look?

Extraction: If you don't have any swelling or fever then you probably don't have an infection. Typical extraction sites get food in them and look infected and nasty. Just leave the ext site alone. If you don't have swelling, pain, or fever you are probably fine. Post operative infections following surgery are very rare. Follow up with your doctor if you are concerned.

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What to do if I have a wisdom tooth extraction infection?

See your dentist: Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling and infection following surgery 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. Your symptoms could be a serous problem. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment.

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I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

See your dentist: As with any surgical procedure, removal of your wisdom teeth carries some risks. However, you should see your dentist if you have signs of infection after the procedure.

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How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

Keep area clean: Infection can be caused at anytime if you don't mantain good hygiene. So just keep up with good oral hygiene. To prevent infection.

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I am still having extreme pain 3 weeks after tooth extraction with no dry socket and the socket is not closing. I don't have an infection either.

Osteomyelitis?: You may have osteomyelitis. Infection of the bone. See an oral surgeon. Make sure he gets xrays. I've seen this and it can be serious.

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Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

It is possible: It is possible to get an infection however if the root tips are too close to a nerve or the sinus it is sometimes better to leave them in rather than to risk some possible permanent nerve damage or a sinus perforation. I would return to the dentist that did the extraction and have the area rechecked.

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I had a tooth extraction 3 months ago, from a cracked abcessed tooth I'm still getting pains occasionaly, could this mean the infection is still there?

I had a tooth extraction 3 months ago, from a cracked abcessed tooth I'm still getting pains occasionaly, could this mean the infection is still there?

Possibly: If you are still having issues after 3 months you certainly need to see the dentist that removed the tooth. It could be secondary infection, it could be a small portion of the root was left in place (there are reasons we sometimes must do that) or it could be slight nerve damage. Without seeing a current x-ray, which should be included as part of standard follow up at this point, it is hard to say.

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I was put on clindamycin 300mg 4 times per day for 7 days after lower wisdom tooth extraction. Is this enough to help treat infection?

Should be: If the tooth is out and if it was the only source of infection, a week is usually long enough to help resolve the infection. If there are other infected teeth or other issues causing infection in addition to the tooth that was extracted, they will also need to be addressed.

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Tooth extraction aftercare--how can I help an elderly person avoid infection and heal well?

Keeping area clean: On the day of extraction apply ice pack on the side from outside. After 24 hours start rinsing with warm salt water. Sometimes antibacterial mouthwash like Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) mau be recommended by the dentist. The rinsing should be done at least 5-6 times daily especially after any food intake.

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I had a tooth extraction. Had an abcess and afraid infection got into blood will the extraction take care of infection. If its in the blood.?

I had a tooth extraction. Had an abcess and afraid infection got into blood will the extraction take care of infection. If its in the blood.?

Immune system: If you are not immune-compromised, the infection-fighting components of your immune system in the blood stream will usually be quite protective. Dental abscesses have no blood supply so fairly high levels of systemic antibiotics are necessary to be effective. Once your full immune system comes into play via the blood stream the infection will usually resolve more rapidly.

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Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Not Usually: The dentist who takes out your tooth will determine whether you need followup antibiotics. Levofloxacin is not usually the best antibiotic for this purpose. If the doctor feels it's needed (s)he will write a prescription for the proper medicine.

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Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Unlikely: Not at all. Though the influenza virus can infect mucous membranes, it wouldn't affect the healing process of any gum tissue.

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Tooth extraction monday I've had throbbing sucking cold pain since I also have a sinuses infection leaking through help please?

Tooth extraction monday I've had throbbing sucking cold pain since I also have a sinuses infection leaking through help please?

Call Surgeon: Please call your oral surgeon immediately. You may have an oroantral communication. If so, it needs to be evaluated and treated.

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Hello - I had a wisdom tooth extraction 3 days ago upper left 7 I think. I can feel bone in the socket. No pain, but I'm worried about infection.?

Pain or high temp?: Pain, elevated temp, or purulent discharge are more hallmarks of infection. It is very normal to feel the bone on the edge of the socket after an extraction but you should resist the urge to play with the socket with your tongue or finger initially. Rinsing with warm salt water should be started after waiting for 24 hours so that the blood clot is in place long enough for healing to begin.

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I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the Oral Surgeon to properly diagnose the problem and initiate proper treatment. If you have an oral-antral fistula then it is paramount that you get there ASAP. These are serious and require expert treatment and management to resolve. Good Luck. Don't delay.

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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