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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more


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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). ...Read more

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White hard lump on bottom left extraction site 5 weeks after wisdom tooth extraction. It seems to have come on suddenly and is tender and painful?

White hard lump on bottom left extraction site 5 weeks after wisdom tooth extraction. It seems to have come on suddenly and is tender and painful?

Edge of the extracti: Most likely it is the edge of the extraction siteand the gingiva has been lacerated exposing the bone itself. Most times it heals but sometimes it has to be smoothed down surgically. It is a common thing to happen. ...Read more

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Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful. What to do?

Bone or jaw poking out of my gum after tooth extraction weeks ago, im starting to have bad breath and its not really that much painful. What to do?

Tooth extraction: Return to the surgeon to have the extraction site examined. You may have a piece of bone working its way out, or the area is just healing slowly and you are still feeling the edge of the extraction socket. The bad breath may be due to debris in the socket, or from other areas of your mouth.
In any case, you should be seeing your dentist for follow-up care. ...Read more

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I had a lower tooth extraction 4 days ago. My jaw has a bump and is swollen and so is my neck and extraction site is yellow and white. Is that normal?

I had a lower tooth extraction 4 days ago. My jaw has a bump and is swollen and so is my neck and extraction site is yellow and white. Is that normal?

Not normal: Go see the dentist who did the extraction ASAP - Monday! It sounds like infection and must be treated before it spreads. Even the ER is a choice if they have no opening tomorrow. This may be fine as soon as you are treated, so don't panic - but w/o treatment this may be very bad. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What can I expect after a wisdom tooth extraction for a tooth that’s a bony impaction? My oral surgeon says that means the tooth is surrounded by bone, so he’ll need to cut into my jaw bone. That sounds really painful. Will I have a long recovery? How wil

What can I expect after a wisdom tooth extraction for a tooth that’s a bony impaction? My oral surgeon says that means the tooth is surrounded by bone, so he’ll need to cut into my jaw bone. That sounds really painful. Will I have a long recovery? How wil

If: If you are young it will be simple. Your surgeon only needs to remove enough bone to get the tooth out. That's what I call a window. The bone will heal back uneventfully. You will not be in the pain you are imagining. But the first week after surgery you will be sore and eating will take more effort. After the second week you can get back to eating that beef jerky. So don't fret it will go well. ...Read more

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Hypersenstive nerve in jaw after tooth extraction years ago. Just started again with compression from denture. Had lyrica (pregabalin) became ill. What can I do?

Hypersenstive nerve in jaw after tooth extraction years ago. Just started again with compression from denture. Had lyrica (pregabalin) became ill. What can I do?

See Prosthodontist: See the Prosthodontist and likely the Oral Surgeon. The inferior alveolar nerve bundle may no longer be covered in bone. Alteration of denture, repositioning of nerve, implants may all be topics of discussion. Need panoramic and 3D imaging to fully assess the anatomy. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Could my jaw be fractured during tooth extraction?

Could my jaw be fractured during tooth extraction?

Yes: A rare complication of wisdom tooth extraction is a fractured jaw. Another reason to have your wisdom teeth extracted by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having post wisdom tooth extraction lump and pain. What should I do?

I am having post wisdom tooth extraction lump and pain. What should I do?

Possible infection: You may need antibiotics, and you should definitely call your providers office for answers. If this is recent extractions, then it is not unusual, if it is awhile ago it would be more concerning. Best thing to do is call your providers office. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get lock jaw after a tooth extraction?

Is it normal to get lock jaw after a tooth extraction?

Not lock jaw: Lock jaw is a lay term for tetanus. You do not get tetanus from a tooth extraction. You can get infection of the tooth root or have a piece of infected retained root that can cause swelling of the surrounding soft tissues making it difficult to fully open your mouth. This should not normally occur after a tooth extraction. See your dentist. ...Read more

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I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

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

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I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Be patient: It is common to have a limited jaw movement after wisdom tooth extraction. Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to get the normal range of motion. Moist heat and passive stretching will speed the process. ...Read more

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3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction. Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction. Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

Definitely, no: Your diet may consist of any food that can be chewed and successfully swallowed. Good luck! ...Read more

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What parts of the face determine the look of your eyelids? EX:if you have an overbite, busted jaw, tooth extraction etc. Any of that affect the look?

What parts of the face determine the look of your eyelids? EX:if you have an overbite, busted jaw, tooth extraction etc. Any of that affect the look?

Eyelids: Eyes, eye sockets, and soft tissue drape. Please see an Orthodontist, Oal Surgeon, Ophthalmologist, and
Plastic Surgeon, to gather as much information possible. No two people are axactly alike. Resolution of facial imbalance problems often require a multidisciplinary approach. Beware promise of simplistic quick fix. ...Read more

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Jaw still hurts days after tooth extraction. When should I be worried?

Jaw still hurts days after tooth extraction. When should I be worried?

How many days?: And how difficult was the extraction? Was it a periodontally involved tooth that was loose, or a wisdom tooth that required cutting bone? Two very different extractions, and your post does not give any clues. If you are uncomfortable, regardless of the above answers, call your dentist for specific guidance. ...Read more

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Had an abscess then my tooth was extracted but lump is still there from abscess has been 3 days since tooth extraction. How long till it goes away.

Had an abscess then my tooth was extracted but lump is still there from abscess has been 3 days since tooth extraction. How long till it goes away.

Cannot predict: Without seeing the area before and after and the damage done by the abscess it is not possible to say. Are you on antibiotic? Often this will help the swelling go down. Keep an eye on it as sometimes these do not heal right away and require further drainage. Do not hesitate to contact the Dentist who did the extraction if unsure. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

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

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Should I be worried about jaw pain that starts a month after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Have your jaw looked at by a dentist or oral surgeon. The jaw pain may be from the wisdom tooth extraction but it can also be a completely different issue. ...Read more

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Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

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

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I have a bony lump in my cheek after having lower wisdom tooth extraction. It's not bothering me but what is this and is it serious?

Not to Worry: Depending on when your surgery was, a cellulitis is a firm swelling in soft tissue and can be a prelim to abcess (infection). If the ext. Was a while ago a lump like you're talking about can just be left over from the incision and flap made to get to the wisdom tooth and generally will resolve on its own. Never hurts to have the surgeon take a peek just to ease your mind! Cellulitis hurts usually ...Read more

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When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.

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

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I'm getting nauseous a lot and it seems like it is coming from my jaw, by my wisdom tooth extraction site. Over 1 yr since surgery. What could this be?

I'm getting nauseous a lot and it seems like it is coming from my jaw, by my wisdom tooth extraction site. Over 1 yr since surgery. What could this be?

A problem: It might be an infection, tooth or gum related. However, it could be many other things as well. It would seem to me to a good idea to have it looked at by a local dentist rather than trying for us to guess as to what it is over the internet, sight unseen. ...Read more

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How good should dentures fit? My friend recently had an upper denture fitted. It's been two weeks and he still gags when wearing them plus they frequently fall down. He also still has a hole in his upper jaw from tooth extraction which allows liquid to

How good should dentures fit? My friend recently had an upper denture fitted. It's been two weeks and he still gags when wearing them plus they frequently fall down. He also still has a hole in his upper jaw from tooth extraction which allows liquid to

Well,: Well, your friend has a few problems.

Firstly, he needs to go back to the dentist to take care of the oronasal communication. This cannot stay this way and may need to be surgically repaired.

He may be gagging for a number of reasons: the back of the denture may be a bit too long, or he just needs a little time to get use to it. With the denture moving and falling he will have a very hard time being comfortable.

With the oronasal communication, there will be no way to establish suction to hold the denture in place. That needs to be addressed first, then when that has healed, the denture can be modified to be more comfortable.

Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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Are there any problems caused by a tooth extraction? I need to have a tooth pulled, but don't have the money to have anything else done. If I just leave the tooth pulled, without any other implants or work, could the empty space cause problems for my jaw?

Are there any problems caused by a tooth extraction? I need to have a tooth pulled, but don't have the money to have anything else done. If I just leave the tooth pulled, without any other implants or work, could the empty space cause problems for my jaw?

Over: Over time, your other teeth will shift into that space, but not in a good way.

Your bite may become askew, and you might develop periodontal problems aroung the tilted teeth.

This will not happen overnight, so you have a bit of time to make that tooth replacement a priority. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your check/ jaw to still be swollen 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction? I am on pen vk 500

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

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Jaw swelling before tooth extraction. Had oral surgery size of golf ball on left side was told fluid buildup. How do I reduce swelling?

Jaw swelling before tooth extraction. Had oral surgery size of golf ball on left side was told fluid buildup. How do I reduce swelling?

Hot towel: It is common to have face swelling after tooth removal especially infected ones. Cold compression for the first day following the surgery and warm compression after 2 and 3 days of surgery is recommended to reduce the swelling. Painkiller like Motrin also will help because of anti-inflammatory effect. ...Read more

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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?

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

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After a wisdom tooth extraction I have a stiff jaw and can't open my mouth?

After a wisdom tooth extraction I have a stiff jaw and can't open my mouth?

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