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Jaw Problems After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.?
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
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
Had food particles in wisdom tooth extraction site for days and was in pain. Finally got it out by rinsing from side to side. Will it cause an problems?
Rinse: It is normal to get food particles in an extraction site. Normally the Surgoen gives a list of post -op instructions. One of those is to start rinsing with warm salt water 24 hours after your extraction. You should do this after every meal or snack to insure no food particles in the socket. If your pain is subsiding than you are on your way to recovery. If pain is increasing than see your dentist ...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
Be Careful: First 1-3 days keep anything with pieces or bits in it out of the mouth. Prime example: chicken noodle soup! The pieces get in the extraction sit, dissolve/disrupt the clot and you get a dry socket. Broth, applesause, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, yogurt without seeds/bits, smoothie (no berries), pudding, jello, etc. Work your way up to regular diet in the following days--be sensible. Good luck. ...Read more
Dry Socket Symptoms: Normal to feel some pain & discomfort after extraction, however...If on 3-4th day after the procedure the pain increases substantially & character of pain changes (throbbing more, radiating more to ear & temple) & if the pain medicine that you were taking now grossly inadequate, then fibrinolytic alveolitis - is high on list of possibilities. Dressings exist & help immensely, notify office. ...Read more
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