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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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3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction. Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

3 weeks post wisdom tooth extraction.  Can chewing on the site cause nerve or jaw damage?

Definitely, no: Your diet may consist of any food that can be chewed and successfully swallowed. Good luck! ...Read more

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After a wisdom tooth extraction I have a stiff jaw and can't open my mouth?

After a wisdom tooth extraction I have a stiff jaw and  can't open my mouth?

Depends upon time : Depends upon how long ago you had your tooth extracted. It is normal to have stiffness, swelling and inability to open your mouth 24-48 hours after a wisdom tooth extraction...If it has been longer than two days please contact the dentist or oral surgeon who extracted your tooth. ...Read more

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My cheek is swollen after upper molar (not wisdom tooth) extraction. Is it normal to have pain throughout the inner cheek wall? It's been 4 days.

My cheek is swollen after upper molar (not wisdom tooth) extraction. Is it normal to have pain throughout the inner cheek wall? It's been 4 days.

Sometimes: Depending on the severity of the condition of the tooth that was extracted, it is possible to be swollen of have pain for several days. It is best to see the dentist who did the surgical procedure to rule out infection. ...Read more

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My jaw sometimes gets off alignment/locks when I eat or talk since wisdom tooth extraction 2 years ago. Starting to get painful and happen more often?

My jaw sometimes gets off alignment/locks when I eat or talk since wisdom tooth extraction 2 years ago. Starting to get painful and happen more often?

Go see an oral surg.: Sometimes following oral surgery like having wisdom teeth taken out it can cause a TMJ problem. Go to your dentist and perhaps they treat TMJ disorders or you get referred to an oral surgeon who might recommend an oral splint, physical therapy or some type of joint surgery. You might start out by first taking Ibuprofen 400mg 4 times a day to calm down your joint(S). ...Read more

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Following my wisdom tooth extraction my submandibular salivary gland is swollen is this normal?

Gland Swelling?: After extractions swelling is normal in many areas of the mouth. Glands, muscles, joint area, and tongue have all been known to swell. If the swelling persists past 7 days or is painful on light pressure after 4 days, it is recommended that you return to your surgeon for an evaluation of the area. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have mild ear pain and jaw discomfort on the left side of my face after 11 days of a wisdom tooth extraction?

Recovery period: after wisdom tooth extraction. The time needed for pain in the jaw and earache to disappear completely may be as long as 4-6 weeks. If concerned, see your surgeon for post-op exam. ...Read more

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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. dealt with numbness for 1 month. still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

See oral surgeon: Contact the oral surgeon that performed the extraction. There are many variables, if the numbness is reducing that is a good sign. If the numbness continues, a neurosurgeon may be needed, don't wait as time is of the essence. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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