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Jaw Pain After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Something's wrong: Something's wrong but I cannot know what without examining you in person. You will have to return to the dentist who extracted your tooth to evaluate what the problem is. It may well be something unrelated to the extraction. Only a one on one clinical exam and x-rays can determine that. ...Read more
I thought I healed from impacted wisdom tooth extraction, no pain for 5 weeks. Now I feel like I did before extraction jaw pain, neck pain ear pain.?
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
Is it normal for your check/ jaw to still be swollen 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction? I am on pen vk 500
Yes: Depending on the level of difficulty in removing the teeth, the swelling may take awhile to go down. Be sure to follow the surgeons instructions. If you have any concerns, you need to contact their office. ...Read more
How common is jaw soreness and stiffness after wisdom tooth extraction? I'm having my wisdom tooth extracted in a few weeks. A friend could hardly open her mouth for over a week after she had hers out. How likely is it this will happen to me? .
Different strokes: Some people have more extensive surgery than others. That's like saying 2 people, both with broken legs, have different rx...One has a walking cast, the other a cast from toes to hip. Your oral surgeon will go over pain management instructions with you. Follow those instructions to the letter and you should be ok. Hope you do better than your friend. ...Read more
Can lymph nodes under the jaw n in the posterior triangle enlarge after wisdom tooth extraction? Ben 5 weeks since the removal MRI said non enlarged reactive lymph nodes how long should it take?
You Bet!: Your mouth is very full of bacteria, and then you had 4 big holes made in your jaw/gumline. Your body did what it is supposed to do by kicking the lymph nodes in the area into action to prevent bacteria from getting into your system. It can take 3-6 months for them to do their thing and go back down to normal size. ...Read more
Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?
Possibly: The removal of impacted wisdom teeth can be very traumatic. Some are in such positions that it requires extended surgical time and more invasive technique. It can be a strain on the jaw, supporting structures, and tmj. However it will not misalign your jaw. If your jaw is misaligned and teeth are maloccluded, an orthodontist should be able to make some corrections. However, jaw surgery may be need. ...Read more
When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.
Common problem: You should have your wisdom teeth evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon. When insufficient space is present, they can put you at risk for infections, damage to adjacent teeth, and other types of oral pathology. It's typically best to treat them when you are young, as the surgery and recovery tend to be easier. ...Read more
3 wks status post wisdom tooth extraction and several procedures. Still experiencing focused pain on left bottom of jaw radiates into gums and face.
Oral surgeon: May be a dental abscess- call your oral surgeon for exam and evaluation. ...Read more
Quarter sized abscess on cheek and jaw post wisdom tooth extraction. Was drained and sown up (no drain left in) 3 days ago. Should it still be hard?
Answer: This is a question best answered by ther GeneralDentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that has been treating you, knows your pre-surgical condition and your post-surgical history. That practitioner is the one who can best describe to your the landmarks that are expected along the road to recovery, and the best person to decide if additional treatment is indicated. ...Read more
Depends upon time: Depends upon how long ago you had your tooth extracted. It is normal to have stiffness, swelling and inability to open your mouth 24-48 hours after a wisdom tooth extraction...If it has been longer than two days please contact the dentist or oral surgeon who extracted your tooth. ...Read more
My jaw sometimes gets off alignment/locks when I eat or talk since wisdom tooth extraction 2 years ago. Starting to get painful and happen more often?
Go see an oral surg.: Sometimes following oral surgery like having wisdom teeth taken out it can cause a TMJ problem. Go to your dentist and perhaps they treat TMJ disorders or you get referred to an oral surgeon who might recommend an oral splint, physical therapy or some type of joint surgery. You might start out by first taking Ibuprofen 400mg 4 times a day to calm down your joint (S). ...Read more
After 2 weeks of Wisdom tooth extraction I am experiencing unable to open mouth (jaw). Will I be able to open my mouth again to it’s full potential?
Reevaluation: Two weeks is a bit long not to have a decrease in symptoms. Please return to the General Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that did your extractions for a post-surgical reevaluation. ...Read more
Wisdom tooth extraction went well, and was also well in 1 week post op checkup. Since then, can food damage the site such as break jaw bone?
No: Eating food should not cause a fracture of your mandible. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.. ...Read more
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
Dull sensory pain/tingling in left side of face and head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction. Had lingual nerve damage. Any medication?
Contact ENT: Get back with your oral surgeon. An ENT consult (ear, nose and throat MD) might help. ...Read more
Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?
Several: We use different medications to help alleviate nerve pain. Amitryptilline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant that we never use for depression any more - it helps. Seizure medications like gabapentin, carbamezapine and valproic acid help. You may need more than one type of medication and sometimes you find out what works only by trial and error. See a neurologist for treatment. ...Read more
During the wisdom tooth extraction (complicate) a lot of pressure is placed on the adjacent tissue: gums, chicks and neighbor teeth, TMJ and muscles. It creates the inflammation and consequently pain. The good news that in the majority cases the pain is transitory. If concerned, please call your oral surgeon/ dentist for post extraction consultation.
I need to know what is wrong with this terrible pain after wisdom tooth extraction with no dry socket?
Dry socket: If you have terrible pain 2 days or more after your surgery that is not relieved with prescription pain meds you probably have a dry socket or possibly muscular pain. Most likely form what you have said it is a dry socket. You treat the symptoms not the appearance of the socket. Placing a medicated dressing in the socket will give relief within a few minutes usually. ...Read more
Pain after surgery: Pain after tooth extraction is usually worse in the first 12 hours. However, if you alternate the prescribed pain killers with NSAIDs, these pains may subside within 24 hours. Wisdom tooth extraction may result in bleeding and pain that lasts for 2-3 days and it is important to follow your doctor's instructions. ...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
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