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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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Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Ho long do I need to wait to be able to brush my teeth after having 1 wisdom tooth extraction?

Brush all your teeth: I advise my patients to brush all of their teeth like they normally do, or are supposed to following surgery. They are advised to avoid brushing over the surgical sites the day of surgery, begin brushing lightly over the surgical sites the next day (after 24 hours) and then brush as usual on the second postoperative day (after 48 hours). They are also advised to avoid spitting the first 24 hrs. ...Read more

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How many days after wisdom tooth extraction should I brush at wound site? For now I only rinse with corsodyl and brush other teeth.

How many days after wisdom tooth extraction should I brush at wound site? For now I only rinse with corsodyl and brush other teeth.

24 hours after: The surgery you can resume gentle brushing and cleaning. Avoid commercial mouth rinses, use warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed. ...Read more

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When will I be able to brush near the site of the wisdom tooth extraction?

When will I be able to brush near the site of the wisdom tooth extraction?

After a few days: I do not recommend brushing in the area of the wisdom teeth the day of extraction. Brush your other teeth though. You may try gently brushing the nearby teeth a few days after. General rule if things are still sore, give it more time. ...Read more

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Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction. Whatisit?

Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction. Whatisit?

Good question: How long ago was the tooth extracted. If within the last few weeks, the area may still be in the process of healing where the gum is not fully filled in, covered over and smooth. However, if it hasn't been getting better or still there after that time, see the dentist who extracted the tooth for an evaluation. Regardless your dentist is responsible for follow up aftercare, almost always no charge ...Read more

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Can a bone shard come through gum 7 months after wisdom tooth extraction? Can it cause pain in surrounding teeth?

Can a bone shard come through gum 7 months after wisdom tooth extraction? Can it cause pain in surrounding teeth?

Yes and Unlikely: While 7 months is a bit of a longer than usual time frame for a bony sequestrum to appear, it is certainly not unheard of. Local discomfort akin to splinter is what I'd expect for pain. Pain in surrounding teeth is likely due to something else. ...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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Help please! Could crooked teeth go back to place after wisdom tooth extraction?

Help please! Could crooked teeth go back to place after wisdom tooth extraction?

No: Teeth want to erupt and to migrate forward, not back, to compensate for the wear we don't give our teeth, but that our pre-historic ancestors did. If you have a malocclusion please see a specialist Orthodontist for an initial examination (usually free) to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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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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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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Why do I have front teeth crowding after wisdom tooth extraction?

Why do I have front teeth crowding after wisdom tooth extraction?

Unrelated: There are lots of reasons for front teeth to crowd, most of them developmental, but removing wisdom teeth is not one of them. Crowding of front teeth is often noticed about the same time that wisdom teeth require rx, but removing wisdom teeth does not cause anterior crowding. Crowding will progress unless addressed. You have to see an orthodontist, there's no way around it. Go now please. ...Read more

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My upper teeth are causing extreme pain after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

Collateral damage: During the wisdom tooth extraction (complicate) a lot of pressure is placed on the adjacent tissue: gums, chicks and neighbor teeth, TMJ and muscles. It creates the inflammation and consequently pain. The good news that in the majority cases the pain is transitory. If concerned, please call your oral surgeon/ dentist for post extraction consultation.

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My lower teeth are tingling after wisdom tooth extraction last week. Is this normal? How long is the recovery time? Everything else if fine.

My lower teeth are tingling after wisdom tooth extraction last week. Is this normal? How long is the recovery time? Everything else if fine.

Paresthesia: Is a rarer complication of lower dental implant placement. See your surgeon for post-op evaluation and a proper parasthesia treatment as early as possible. The sooner rather than later for a better outcome. Good luck. ...Read more

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Isit safe to use a home teeth whitening kit 2 weeks after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Isit safe to use a home teeth whitening kit 2 weeks after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Safe but??: You could use it as long as you do not disturb the socket of the extracted tooth. If you experience any pain or irritation just stop using it. ...Read more

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Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

This: This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth.

Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket.
Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

How long does the pain last after a wisdom tooth extraction? I've read that wisdom teeth have bigger roots, so extraction is harder than for other teeth. Does that mean it also hurts longer? I'm having mine out soon, but my oral surgeon wouldn't tell me h

3-4 days: For most people and usually well controlled with a moderately strong pain-killer like vicodin. More severe pain that resists vicodin on or after the 3rd day particularly on the lower jaw must be checked for "dry socket." if present, socket will have to be dressed for pain control. ...Read more

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Can periapical xrays show location of the lingual nerve in relation to the lower wisdom teeth? Are they ever used in planning wisdom tooth extraction?

Can periapical xrays show location of the lingual nerve in relation to the lower wisdom teeth? Are they ever used in planning wisdom tooth extraction?

No and no: The lingual nerve runs in the soft tissue and would not show up on a periapical or a panorex. A panorex is usually used to visualize the jaw, sinuses, and wisdom teeth, and their relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve. ...Read more

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After a wisdom tooth extraction is it normal for my teeth on the same side as the extraction to hurt?

After a wisdom tooth extraction is it normal for my teeth on the same side as the extraction to hurt?

Yes: Most likely this is referred pain. The same nerves go to several of the teeth, so if the area of the extraction is starting to ache, then several other teeth may seem like they are also hurting. However, if the pain worsens or doesn't resolve, call the dentist. A local infection is also possible after an extraction. ...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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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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Can I drink alcohol a week after wisdom tooth extraction?

Can I drink alcohol a week after wisdom tooth extraction?

Trick Question?: A patient once asked me if he could play the trombone after having a wisdom tooth removed, and I said yes after he recovered. He said, "Good, because I never could play it before". If you previously consumed alcohol, you should be safe to resume one week after surgery as long as you are not taking pain meds. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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