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Is it normal for your check/ jaw to still be swollen 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction? I am on pen vk 500

Is it normal for your check/ jaw to still be swollen 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction? I am on pen vk 500

Yes: Depending on the level of difficulty in removing the teeth, the swelling may take awhile to go down. Be sure to follow the surgeons instructions. If you have any concerns, you need to contact their office. ...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


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I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

I still can't fully extend jaw after wisdom tooth extraction, why is that?

Muscles: Likely still some inflammation in the muscles from the surgery. You can massage them carefully, soak them with mouthful of warm water inside followed by hot compresses outside. Can also take alleve or Ibuprofen to help with inflammation. Call your surgeon and report this and ask for special recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

I still can't fully extend my jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Be patient: It is common to have a limited jaw movement after wisdom tooth extraction. Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to get the normal range of motion. Moist heat and passive stretching will speed the process. ...Read more

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Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?

Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from decreasing pain and swelling ; be able to open and use jaw for chewing more. If the swelling/pain is getting worse, it is advisable to see your doctor. If there is discharge, abscess, or redness occurring, you should have it evaluated asap. ...Read more

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Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

Still having jaw pain more than one month after wisdom tooth extraction, help?

Something's wrong: Something's wrong but i cannot know what without examining you in person. You will have to return to the dentist who extracted your tooth to evaluate what the problem is. It may well be something unrelated to the extraction. Only a one on one clinical exam and x-rays can determine that. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about jaw pain that starts a month after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Have your jaw looked at by a dentist or oral surgeon. The jaw pain may be from the wisdom tooth extraction but it can also be a completely different issue. ...Read more

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How common is jaw soreness and stiffness after wisdom tooth extraction? I'm having my wisdom tooth extracted in a few weeks. A friend could hardly open her mouth for over a week after she had hers out. How likely is it this will happen to me? .

How common is jaw soreness and stiffness after wisdom tooth extraction? I'm having my wisdom tooth extracted in a few weeks. A friend could hardly open her mouth for over a week after she had hers out. How likely is it this will happen to me?


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Different strokes: Some people have more extensive surgery than others. That's like saying 2 people, both with broken legs, have different rx...One has a walking cast, the other a cast from toes to hip. Your oral surgeon will go over pain management instructions with you. Follow those instructions to the letter and you should be ok. Hope you do better than your friend. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes under the jaw n in the posterior triangle enlarge after wisdom tooth extraction? Ben 5 weeks since the removal MRI said non enlarged reactive lymph nodes how long should it take?

You Bet!: Your mouth is very full of bacteria, and then you had 4 big holes made in your jaw/gumline. Your body did what it is supposed to do by kicking the lymph nodes in the area into action to prevent bacteria from getting into your system. It can take 3-6 months for them to do their thing and go back down to normal size. ...Read more

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Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Possibly: The removal of impacted wisdom teeth can be very traumatic. Some are in such positions that it requires extended surgical time and more invasive technique. It can be a strain on the jaw, supporting structures, and tmj. However it will not misalign your jaw. If your jaw is misaligned and teeth are maloccluded, an orthodontist should be able to make some corrections. However, jaw surgery may be need. ...Read more

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When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.

When is the wisdom tooth extraction needed? My upper wisdom tooth is rubbing against the gum on the lower jaw causing severe discomfort.

Common problem: You should have your wisdom teeth evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon. When insufficient space is present, they can put you at risk for infections, damage to adjacent teeth, and other types of oral pathology. It's typically best to treat them when you are young, as the surgery and recovery tend to be easier. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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