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Dr. David Schleimer
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Mouth Sores (Definition)

A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more


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Tooth extraction and having pain on roof of mouth afterwards. Help?

Tooth extraction and having pain on roof of mouth afterwards. Help?

Infection: Could be infection from the extraction socket see your dentist for treatment

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Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Some pain normal: Some pain is normal after a wisdom tooth extraction. I would update your dentist or oral surgeon of your pain level so they can help control your pain

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How can I stop excessive bleeding from my mouth after tooth extraction?

How can I stop excessive bleeding from my mouth after tooth extraction?

Several things: The first thing to try is to bite on some slightly wet gauze for 30 mins, and repeat this for another 30 mins. If you feel like you are continuing to bleed a lot, bite on a wet tea bag for 30 mins, normally this does the trick. You also may not be bleeding as bad as you think, as blood gets mixed in with your saliva in your mouth it may seem like there is more blood than there is.

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How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

2-6 weeks, varies: Following a tooth extraction you can should generally feel a gradual improvement in your symptoms over the first 2 weeks. If you feel like the pain is getting worse it is important to see your provider for follow up. Extractions can vary greatly and will take long to heal if bone removal was required. It might also take longer if post op instructions are not followed.

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It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

Common complication: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, or tightness in the jaw muscles.. This tightness can last several days to two weeks. Three things will help loosen up the jaw muscles as quickly as possible: heat, stretching, and massage.

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My tooth extraction hole is full of yellowish white color stuff. I noticed when I swished my mouth with salt water the yellowish white stuff came out.

My tooth extraction hole is full of yellowish white color stuff. I noticed when I swished my mouth with salt water the yellowish white stuff came out.

Healing tissue: This is likely food debris or healing tissue. Keep the area well irrigated and if not healing see your dentist. All the best.

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After a tooth extraction why is there a bad taste in the mouth?

After a tooth extraction why is there a bad taste in the mouth?

Concur: I concur with dr davanzis answer. Additionally, there may be some residual bleeding which can leave a bad taste. Also, if other teeth not kept scrupulously clean can leave a bad taste. As dr davanzis said, see your dentist.

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Should we use mouth wash immediately after tooth extraction?

Should we use mouth wash immediately after tooth extraction?

Not recommended: Using mouthwash for the first week after any oral surgery procedure to preserve the blood clot and dry socket complication.

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What could be done for a dry mouth and pain after tooth extraction?

What could be done for a dry mouth and pain after tooth extraction?

Rinse gently & Meds: The dry mouth is usually short lived after extraction, but rinsiing with salt water or mouth lubricaters such as biotene can help. Tylennol or whatever you take for headache will take the edge off of the pain. If not, then see your dentist to evaluate your healing progress and prescribe a pain medicine.

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When can I stop rinsing my mouth with salt water after a tooth extraction?

When can I stop rinsing my mouth with salt water after a tooth extraction?

About 5-7 days: You shouldn't start until the second day, so the clots have formed. Otherwise you might rinse them out and may get a dry socket. After 24 - 36 hours you can rinse 3 - 5 times a day -gently- for the next 5 - 7 days.

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How long do you have to have gauze stuck in your mouth after a tooth extraction?

How long do you have to have gauze stuck in your mouth after a tooth extraction?

Check them in 30 min: Good pressure with gauze will help a clot form. This will prevent dry sockets, and allow healing. Check the guaze in 30 minutes then change them about every hour. Sometimes you can be done with them in a hour, and sometimes you have to change them several times. If you are still bleeding, use thumb pressure on the gauze.

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After a tooth extraction, how long do I have to wait before I can stop rinsing my mouth with salt water?

After a tooth extraction, how long do I have to wait before I can stop rinsing my mouth with salt water?

Check with your dent: Check with your dentist. He or she knows your situation best. A simple phone call should give you the answer.

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Two white patches on either side of back of mouth. Same area is red, had since november. No pain or bleeding just had a tooth extraction. What could b

Two white patches on either side of back of mouth. Same area is red, had since november. No pain or bleeding just had a tooth extraction. What could b

Ask a dentist: Redness in tissue may be normal or an indication of chronic infection. If what is described is in fact signs of infection, your entire body has been constantly battling with it within your blood, which affects health of kidneys, liver, joints, etc., in a long run. A trained dentist can assure you whether "wait ; see" approach is wise. So please consult with your dentist or oral surgeon today!

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What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

EXT > bad taste?: Lots of possibilities: many patients just don't brush and floss as well after surgery, food decaying in socket, early infection, beginning of dry socket, etc. Make sure you are brushing and flossing adequately, rinsing after the first 24 hours and see your own dentist to check on healing.

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How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

How effective is mouth rinse for a poor-healing tooth extraction site?

Not effective: An extraction site should heal normally without any special assistance. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can slow down healing. Sometimes the extraction site may have residual bone or necrotic tissue that would need to be removed by your dentist. If the extraction site is not healing properly, consult with your dentist.

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What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

Very common, trismus: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, also called tightness in the jaw muscles. See your surgeon for post-op examination and treatment.

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I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

No!: Generally speaking we like to wait 24 hours before rinsing to allow a good blood clot to form. After that, continue to rinse, brush, and floss GENTLY for at least the next few days. Your own dentist should have provided you oral and/or written instructions. Follow those instructions and call that office if you still have questions.

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Tooth extraction. Sinus exposed. Now a white puss like circle in mouth next to where tooth was. What do I do? Dentist looked for ten sec. Didn't care.

Tooth extraction. Sinus exposed. Now a white puss like circle in mouth next to where tooth was. What do I do? Dentist looked for ten sec. Didn't care.

More info needed: How far post op are you with the extraction? Are you absolutely sure you have a sinus communication? If so, your dentist needs to manage your post surgical situation or refer you to an oral surgeon. All the best.

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Is it normal not to be able to open your mouth as wide after a tooth extraction?

For a short time: That is not uncommon but should only be for a short time (few days to a week). Muscle and soft tissue tenderness from the ext. Can cause difficulty when opening. If you are concerned you should see your provider for care.

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Mouth Ulcers (Definition)

A mouth ulcer is an open sore in the mouth. Two common types are aphthous ulcers ("canker sores") and cold sores (fever blisters, oral herpes). Cold sores around the lip are caused by viruses, in which some ulcers are ...Read more