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Doctor insights on: Pain After Molar Tooth Extraction

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How long does it take for recovery from a molar tooth extraction?

How long does it take for recovery from a molar tooth extraction?

Six weeks: Removing a tooth, especially a molar is a big deal. It leaves a surface wound the size of half a dollar bill, that can become infected if food is present, followed by bacteria. Often it is already infected prior to extraction that can lead to a systemic bacteremia. This is been blamed for plaque deposits in arteries. Follow all instructions, keep hygiene good, liquid diet for five days. ...Read more

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


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I was just wondering when am I allowed to eat "normal" food after a molar tooth extraction?

I was just wondering when am I allowed to eat "normal" food after a molar tooth extraction?

Post extraction: Usually after 24 hours you can resume a normal diet with a single tooth extraction. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it okay to ride my bicycle for 40 kilometers 5 days after a single upper molar tooth extraction?

Yes: If you are healing uneventfully and if you are healthy, then by the third day after extraction you should be living life normally. ...Read more

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Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Does molar tooth extraction require surgery?

Not always: Molar tooth extraction can be simple with no surgery involved in many cases. Sometimes if a tooth is badly broken, or has had a root canal treatment in past that tooth may not come out easily and will need surgery. Also most unerupted and impacted third molars will need surgery to extract. ...Read more

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I had a left molar tooth extraction 3 days ago and now my tooth right next to it is very sensitive to touch with a toothbrush. Is this normal?

No, but common: While sensitivity is not normal, it is a common occurrence. It may be related to the adjacent tooth temporarily having no gum covering the root surface. As the extraction site heals, the sensitivity usually subsides. It may also be related to local inflammation. If it does not get better, have your dentist take a look to make sure no other treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a salty tasting discharge after upper molar tooth extraction. The extraction was 3 days ago. No pain or fever.

I have a salty tasting discharge after upper molar tooth extraction. The extraction was 3 days ago. No pain or fever.

Post op: You should call the dentist who extracted the tooth to have that area re-evaluated to make sure everything is healing properly and there are no other problems with adjacent teeth. This is something that cannot be done over the internet. ...Read more

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I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

I had a upper back molar tooth extraction 5 days ago. Something squishy just fell out of the socket. Is this okay? What should I do? Dry socket?

Something Squishy: Is it possible that some food was in the socket. If you had a "dry socket" you would know it. They are usually very painful. You didn't mention any pain. If you aren't in pain, I would not worry about it at all. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a bottom molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

How long does it take to recover from a bottom molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

Define recover: Depends on your definition of recover....If you mean "when can I go back to work? ", the answer is the next day--you will be sore, but quite functional. If you mean "when will all pain be gone? ", about 2 weeks +/-. "when will it feel like normal again? " after the implant crown is placed! ...Read more

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How any days after a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches do I have to wait before I can use a straw?

How any days after a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches do I have to wait before I can use a straw?

About 24 hours: Need to ask the person who did the procedure, as they would have more insight as to nature of and difficulty of your specific situation. But in general, no straws for 24 hours is ok. ...Read more

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Had a left up molar tooth extraction for infected tooth which includes a bone graft. How long should I wait before resuming vigorous exercise?

Had a left up molar tooth extraction for infected tooth which includes a bone graft. How long should I wait before resuming vigorous exercise?

24hrs: Personally its a up to the patient but I always state 24hr because vigorous exercise will increase blood flow and excessive bleeding does not sit well with patients. ...Read more

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How soon after a lower molar tooth extraction with bone graft and stitches can I chew solid food?

It depends: If it is only one side, I tell patients they can chew solid food on the unaffected side the next day. Follow your doctors instructions. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the periodontist to complete a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

How long does it take for the periodontist to complete a molar tooth extraction with a bone graft and stitches?

Not long: Most appointments last about an hour including sedation, anesthesia, the procedure, and dismissal. Many like to say how fast they can do things, but anyone can do fast. Quality and the protection, and preservation of the remaining tissue is most important. You will have to live with the results, so make sure to find someone focused on quality, and who will take their time! ...Read more

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When can I come back to vigorous exercises after having molar tooth extraction and bone graft with stitches done?

When can I come back to vigorous exercises after having molar tooth extraction and bone graft with stitches done?

Return to normal: All questions should be discussed directly with the dentist treating you as he\she is responsible for your aftercare and proper healing of the wound site. Follow all written and\or oral instructions. ...Read more

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Which pain medication is more affective in relieving pain following a back lower molar tooth extraction with bone graft and stitches?

Which pain medication is more affective in relieving pain following a back lower molar tooth extraction with bone graft and stitches?

Depends.: People have different responses to pain medications and that's probably why there are so many on the market. Usually a combination of an NSAID along with a narcotic for breakthrough pain. ...Read more

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After a lower molar tooth extraction surgery w/ bone graft & stitches, when can I go back to a physical job moving tables & chairs & doing stairs?

Returning to work: It all depends how well you are feeling after the surgery. Pain is very subjective. You may be ready to work in a day, while someone else may need more time. Don't overdo it if you are feeling well. Talk to the doctor who did your surgery for any precautions you need to take even if you are doing well. ...Read more

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How long will molar teeth extraction take time to heal completely it's been 6 days?

How long will molar teeth extraction take time to heal completely it's been 6 days?

Months: Pain should subside in a within a week. The site where the tooth was taken out will take months. Rinse area after 1 week with a mouth rinse. ...Read more

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I had molar teeth extraction 2 or 3 weeks ago. Can I do smoking now?

I had molar teeth extraction 2 or 3 weeks ago. Can I do smoking now?

No.: You shouldn't have been smoking before your teeth extraction. Use the chance to try to quit for good. Healthy move at your young age/. ...Read more

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I had upper left 3rd molar teeth extraction 37 hours ago and upper right 3rd molar teeth extraction 1 month ago can I eat Hamburgers or KFC?

Yes: As long as you are careful not to irritate the extraction site, you will be fine. Try to avoid anything with seeds (sesame seed bun) so that they don't get stuck in the healing socket. Otherwise if you can eat it comfortably go for it. Most important after extractions is to avoid alcohol and tobacco use! ...Read more

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How to correct slight facial asymmetry caused by extraction of a molar tooth?

How to correct slight facial asymmetry caused by extraction of a molar tooth?

Tooth replacement: In the 1920s actresses were encouraged to have their molars removed to create a sunken face affect. Thankfully it no longer happens. Missing back teeth can be replaced with implants and a crown in many cases. Bridges may not work as they need at least two teeth to support them. Partial dentures that are removable may also restore symmetry, but are the poorer choice. It may also be muscle size. ...Read more

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Molar next to wisdom tooth extraction hurts. Is this normal?

Molar next to wisdom tooth extraction hurts. Is this normal?

Maybe: Usually the root is exposed from the back part of teeth in front of the wisdom tooth removed creating a condition where these teeth will be symptomatic, particularly to cold or other stimulus. It will take some time for the bone to fill in the socket space left by the removed tooth. If you continue to have symptoms, see your treating dentist. ...Read more

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If I have had a root canal in my lower back molar tooth, does that mean the extraction will be "surgery? "

If I have had a root canal in my lower back molar tooth, does that mean the extraction will be "surgery? "

Not necessarily: Possibly depends on how much tooth remains for the dentist to hold on to to extract the tooth sometimes one has to section the tooth to remove it. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction week ago, lower molar. Dry socket when pretty closed up wound. Still hurts but wound almost closed. Why isn't the pain going away?

Tooth extraction week ago, lower molar. Dry socket when pretty closed up wound. Still hurts but wound almost closed. Why isn't the pain going away?

Contact your dentist: If you develop new or worsening pain in the days after your tooth extraction, don't try to tough it out. Contact your dentist or oral surgeon for post-op evaluation and x-ray. ...Read more

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Face swollen up - upper right molar tooth surgical extraction. How many days until it gets back to normal? What can I do to help besides taking meds?

Face swollen up - upper right molar tooth surgical extraction. How many days until it gets back to normal? What can I do to help besides taking meds?

Maximum 2-3 days: It is common to experience pain and swelling after tooth extraction. It may last for 2-3 days. If you experience severe pain or swelling 3 days after tooth removal, visit your dentist to rule out any complications ...Read more

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Going for steroid jab C5/6/7 tomorrow. Have toothache now - molar. If tooth extraction is needed, can it be done on the same day as the steroid jab?

Going for steroid jab C5/6/7 tomorrow. Have toothache now - molar. If tooth extraction is needed, can it be done on the same day as the steroid jab?

It can be done, but: After epidural steroid injections, you will not be able to drive a car, take a taxi or use a bus by yourself. Therefore, plan your dental appointment first. ...Read more

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I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

Difficult Decision: Although it would be best to save the tooth with root canal therapy and a crown, if circumstances and other options are not available, then you will have no choice. The threat of pain and infection is now, not during or after the extraction. Have your teeth examined and have any lesions restored so that you do not loose more teeth. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get a root canal on molar after a part bony wisdom tooth extraction?

How long should I wait to get a root canal on molar after a part bony wisdom tooth extraction?

Right away: As long as you can open your mouth in comfort, I would not delay getting the root canal. Waiting only creates a greater potential for a dental emergency. A root canal is actually a much easier procedure than the extraction of a full boney impacted wisdom tooth. So don't delay and good luck! And don't forget to get a crown after the root canal is completed! To delay, risks your tooth breaking! ...Read more

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Can the extraction of an upper back molar tooth without bone grafting that resulted in a sinus droop commonly lead to a TMJ disorder?

Can the extraction of an upper back molar tooth without bone grafting that resulted in a sinus droop commonly lead to a TMJ disorder?

Extractions and TMJ: Not the extraction per se, but your having to open widely to get surgical access to the area can cause muscle or TMJ tenderness for a period immediately after the surgery but it would not likely cause a TMJ disorder to develop at a later time. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction of a decayed molar 4 days ago. Is white yellowish color on top of the clot normal? Or should I fear dry socket.

You are fine: That is part of the normal healing process. You will know if you have dry socket as you will be in extreme pain. If you have any concerns, see your dentist. ...Read more

Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...Read more


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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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