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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. Dealt with numbness for 1 month. Still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

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

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Half of my tongue is numb after wisdom tooth extraction, is this normal?

Paresthesia: I assume that you had a lower wisdom tooth removed and that the doctor who removed your tooth gave you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. That injection also numbs the tongue on the same side. If the doctor accidentally hit the nerve during the injection, or traumatized the nerve during tooth removal, the tongue may remain numb for a while. Eventually, all feeling will return. ...Read more

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Is wisdom tooth extraction a major surery?

Is wisdom tooth extraction a major surery?

It depends: It definitely is not major surgery but if you are given intravenous anesthesia it is more serious than with just local anesthesia. Dr. Sandler's answer is correct and I would also recommend you have someone take a look at your right upper cuspid (eye tooth) as it looks to be out of position. ...Read more

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Common post wisdom tooth extraction surgery problems?

Common post wisdom tooth extraction surgery problems?

Lots: Pain, bleeding, swelling, black and blue (jhematoma), numbness, sinus perforation, adjacent tooth fracture are some. ...Read more

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What to do if I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do if I have numbness and tingling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Numbness: How long ago was the wisdom tooth extraction? There can be some trauma to the nerve during wisdom tooth extraction and this can take some time to heal. Call the extracting dentist or oral surgeon about this and they will be able to answer your questions and follow your healing. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are my gums supposed to feel like after I have healed from my wisdom tooth extraction surgery?

Can you explain what are my gums supposed to feel like after I have healed from my wisdom tooth extraction surgery?

Depends on time: The healing process after any surgical procedure takes time. Now, depending on the type of procedure, extent of the surgery, and the time elapsed after that, the shape ; sensation of the gums can vary. But generally, a healthy and healed gum should be smooth, not achy, pinkish red color, ; without swelling ; bleeding. For more specific answer, please give us more specific info, if you can ...Read more

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If I have surgery for wisdom tooth extraction tomorrow at 10am, can I take viagra (sildenafil) at 8am today?

If I have surgery for wisdom tooth extraction tomorrow at 10am, can I take viagra (sildenafil) at 8am today?

I would not suggest: There is no actual contraindication, however in case you may need some treatment after the tooth extraction and the viagra (sildenafil) may interfere. Save it for a later day. ...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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What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

What are some problems after wisdom tooth extraction?

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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Why am I seeing black stuff after wisdom tooth extraction?

Nothing to worry: After wisdom tooth extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. When blood dries it usually truns quite dark and black in color. Get well soon. ...Read more

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What happens is I usecocaine 6 days after wisdom tooth extraction?

What happens is I usecocaine 6 days after wisdom tooth extraction?

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

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Help! My tooth hurts after wisdom tooth extraction?

Help! My tooth hurts after wisdom tooth extraction?

Extraction pain: The dentist who removed your wisdom teeth is the one to discuss and prescribe pain medication with you. Call that office. ...Read more

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Hi docs! What could I do/eat after wisdom tooth extraction?

Hi docs! What could I do/eat after wisdom tooth extraction?

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

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I was wondering is it normal not to have any bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction?

I was wondering is it normal not to have any bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction?

Epinephrine in: The local anesthetic will cause vasoconstriction and decrease bleeding, taking Aspirin within a week prior will increase bleeding. ...Read more

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'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Teeth pain after o/s: Frequently the adjacent teeth to the wisdom teeth will feel sore for a few days after surgery. Very normal. If you have severe pain, return to your oral surgeon for an post op check. ...Read more

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Is Motrin safe to take after wisdom tooth extraction?

Is Motrin safe to take after wisdom tooth extraction?

Ask your surgeon: In most cases yes but without knowing your complete medical history, drug allergies and what other medications you are or might take, we can't give you a blanket yes or no answer. For these types if questions don't rely on internet research or answers. Ask the professionals who actually treat you and are responsible for your well being. ...Read more

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Why do my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Why do my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Referred Pain: Pain from the extraction site may be referred down the nerve trunk that innervates the other teeth. In addition, pressure from the actual extraction may have inflamed the adjacent teeth. Pain meds should help your discomfort, and a call to your surgeon is in order if they don't. ...Read more

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Body aches after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Body aches after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

No.: Post-operative pain associated with the removal of 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) is local and usually confined to the head and neck area. If a person experiences generalized pain in other areas of the body, there is probably another cause, rather than the removal of the wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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What to do for dry sockets after wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do for dry sockets after wisdom tooth extraction?

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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I have bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction, what to do?

I have bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction, what to do?

Very common: After you have a wisdom tooth removed, you are more susceptible to getting a bacteria or an infection, which can cause bad breath. It is temporary and will improve as you heal. Keep a good oral hygiene. ...Read more

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What to do if other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Start with NSAIDs: Its possible that they may have been disturbed during the extraction or while the anesthesia was wearing off. Start with some anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). If these do not make it feel better, you may want to return to the surgeon and have them evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

48-72 hrs: A dry socket will present as intense/increasing pain typically 48 hours after a tooth extraction. It is caused by exposed bone in an area that has lost it's blood clot. Treatment is to have a medicated dressing placed into the affected area. Antibiotics will not help a dry socket. ...Read more

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Bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction, what do you recommend?

Bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction, what do you recommend?

Rinsing: If the odor is coming from the surgical site it is most likely that you are collecting food in the area that hasn't healed completely. Irrigate it and keep it clean so it will finish healing. If you are having trouble see whoever removed your wisdom teeth for advice. ...Read more

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What can I do about excess saliva after wisdom tooth extraction?

What can I do about excess saliva after wisdom tooth extraction?

Unusual: Sorry, I nevwer heard of anyone having excess saliva from a third molar extraction. I have heard of no saliva after an extraction, but not excess. I think you are confused. Always, any problems - go back to the dentist who did the procedure. ...Read more

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I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

See your surgeon: Dry sockets are best treated with a medicated dressing placed in the socket. You need to see the dentist that did your surgery for this. ...Read more

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After wisdom tooth extraction, when can I start eating solid food?

After wisdom tooth extraction, when can I start eating solid food?

Postop Diet: You should be on a strictly liquid diet the first couple of days, followed by a very soft, non-chewing diet for at least a week. It's not in your best interest to eat normal solid food for at least a week or two after having your wisdom teeth surgically removed. Ask your oral surgeon and follow their instructions! ...Read more

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Could I have pizza and chinese food after wisdom tooth extraction.?

Could I have pizza and chinese food after wisdom tooth extraction.?

You: You are making me hungry. Some of my favorites. If you feel up to it, sure. Follow directions given to you by your dentist. ...Read more

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What can I do about a severe headache after wisdom tooth extraction?

What can I do about a severe headache after wisdom tooth extraction?

Call dentist: This can happen. Take the pain medication perscribed by the dentist or oral surgeon. If they did not prescribe anything you can take ibuprophen 600 mg and 2 tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hours, of these are safe for you. Call your dentist or oral surgeon about your severe pain. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction is it possible to get dry sockets?

2 - 5 Days: In my practice, dry sockets occur most commonly during the first 2 - 5 days following surgery. Vigorous rinsing, spitting, smoking, and drinking with a straw immediately following surgery are things which can contribute to a dry socket. Females on some birth control meds may also have a slightly greater risk. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get braces before or after wisdom tooth extraction?

Ask Orthodontist: Ask your orthodontist specialist. Sometimes it's better to remove malpositioned wisdom teeth to facilitate tooth movement. Sometimes moving teeth can improve access to the wisdom teeth. Everyone is different, but it's a situation your orthodontist has been trained to evaluate. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to rinse with salt water after wisdom tooth extraction?

Is it recommended to rinse with salt water after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: But, not to quickly after the surgery. You want to be careful not to disturb the open sockets too soon as the clotting that occurs is part of the healing process. Vigorous rinsing can remove this clot and result in healing problems. After the clot is stable, rinsing with salt water helps with healing and keeping the area clean. ...Read more

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How do I get food out of a hole in my gums? After wisdom tooth extraction.

How do I get food out of a hole in my gums? After wisdom tooth extraction.

Food in socket: It is always best to first consult with your own dentist for advice and instructions. Having said that: if the tooth was removed within the last 48 hours, just rinse as thoroughly as you can and don't be too concerned if there is still some food or debris in the socket. If it's after 48 hours, you can use an ear bulb syringe filled with water from your local drug store or supermarket-- GENTLY. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is slight bleeding normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

Docs can you explain, is slight bleeding normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

It' normal: Yes, slight bleeding is normal after an extraction. Just keep pressure on clean gauze for 20 minutes. Then check. If more oozing occurs, bite on gauze for 20 more minutes. Keep doing this until bleeding stops. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, my breath stinks after wisdom tooth extraction, what do you suggest?

Hi doctors, my breath stinks after wisdom tooth extraction, what do you suggest?

It is normal: Bad breath is pretty common for several days after a wisdom tooth surgery. However if persists you need to let your dentist know and reexamine the surgical site. ...Read more

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How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can you smoke and not have to worry about dry socket?

How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can you smoke and not have to worry about dry socket?

1 week: 1 week is usually good. However, if you can quit for 1 week, stop all together, your lungs will thank you. ...Read more

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How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction?

How to brush my teeth safely after wisdom tooth extraction?

Don't brush 24 h: Only gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water 3-4 X per day. After the 24 hours, start brushing your teeth, being particularly gentle near the surgical site to avoid disrupting any stitches or blood clot. ...Read more

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