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Post Wisdom Tooth Extraction Infection
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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