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Doctor insights on: Post Wisdom Tooth Extraction Infection

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is it possible for a wisdom tooth extraction to cause chronic ear infections?

Is it possible for a wisdom tooth extraction to cause chronic ear infections?

No: Chronic ear infections are usually due to blocked eustachian tubes. There is no connection between the two. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a wisdom tooth extraction infection?

What to do if I have a wisdom tooth extraction infection?

See your dentist: Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. Pain, swelling and infection following surgery is usually at its worst 24 – 48 hours after surgery. After that it should subside more and more every day and after 7 days stop. Your symptoms could be a serous problem. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment and treatment. ...Read more

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What are the signs of infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

What are the signs of infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Swelling and pain: Increasing rather than decreasing post op discomfort coupled with swelling and tenderness in your lymph nodes are all indicative of possible infection. Often, antibiotics are given post-op to prevent this. A bad taste or odor may also be signs of possible infection. Return to the surgeon for evaluation if you have any of these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

See your dentist: As with any surgical procedure, removal of your wisdom teeth carries some risks. However, you should see your dentist if you have signs of infection after the procedure. ...Read more

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How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

Keep area clean: Infection can be caused at anytime if you dont mantain good hygiene..So just keep up with good oral hygiene..To prevent infection. ...Read more

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How long can a cheek infection from wisdom tooth extraction last?

How long can a cheek infection from wisdom tooth extraction last?

Antibiotics: Most diagnosed infections should be treated with antibiotics. If you developed an infection in your cheek from getting wisdom teeth extracted and it has lasted over a week then call the surgeon back and ask them for a prescription for antibiotics. These types of infections may not resolve on their own and could be life threatening so don't wait. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a recurrent/persistent infection after wisdom tooth extraction?

See your dentist: You should return the dentist who performed your surgery for evaluation and determination of the cause of the recurring infection. X-rays or additional studies may be performed and depending on the findings, a minor surgical procedure may also be required to resolve the problem. ...Read more

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I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? how does infection look?

I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. What does a healthy wisdom tooth extraction site look like after 4 days of healing? how does infection look?

Extraction: If you don't have any swelling or fever then you probably don't have an infection. Typical extraction sites get food in them and look infected and nasty. Just leave the ext site alone. If you don't have swelling, pain, or fever you are probably fine. Post operative infections following surgery are very rare. Follow up with your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I was put on clindamycin 300mg 4 times per day for 7 days after lower wisdom tooth extraction. Is this enough to help treat infection?

Should be: If the tooth is out and if it was the only source of infection, a week is usually long enough to help resolve the infection. If there are other infected teeth or other issues causing infection in addition to the tooth that was extracted, they will also need to be addressed. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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