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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Swollen mouth only on one side after wisdom teeth removal on both sides. Is there a problem?

Swollen mouth only on one side after wisdom teeth removal on both sides. Is there a problem?

See an oral surgeon: Or the dentist. Pain and swelling following dental extraction 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. If pain persists or worsens, it may require attention and you should call your dentist or oral surgeon for follow up appointment. ...Read more

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Day 6, 4impacted wisdom teeth removal. Still can't close mouth all the way due to little lumps @ the back of my mouth (swollen gum?). Is this normal?

Day 6, 4impacted wisdom teeth removal. Still can't close mouth all the way due to little lumps @ the back of my mouth (swollen gum?). Is this normal?

It is not normal: Wisdom teeth. It was 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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My cheeks are still swollen after wisdom teeth removal. What should I do?

My cheeks are still swollen after wisdom teeth removal. What should I do?

Consult surgeon: Facial swelling after third molar surgery is common and expected. If the swelling persists for more than a week, there may be an associated post-op infection. Consult with the treating surgeon. Meanwhile, hot saline (salt in how water-swish and expectorate) will help some. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am still swollen after wisdom teeth removal?

Is there a reason why I am still swollen after wisdom teeth removal?

Very common: The swelling often peak 3 or 4 days after the surgery and should completely subside about 7-10 days after the surgery. If concerned, see your dentist/surgeon. ...Read more

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Cheek randomly got swollen weeks after wisdom teeth removal, what can I do?

Cheek randomly got swollen weeks after wisdom teeth removal, what can I do?

Swelling after exts: The swelling may be a result of a periosteal abscess--return to your oral surgeon for a post op evaluation. ...Read more

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Tongue has light yellow coloration after wisdom teeth removal. Should I be concerned?

Tongue has light yellow coloration after wisdom teeth removal. Should I be concerned?

No: A slight discoloration of the tongue following surgery in the mouth is not uncommon. An altered diet, antibiotics if taken, and decreased oral hygiene are some things that can cause the tongue to have a different appearance. ...Read more

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For wisdom teeth removal, do I have to remove my tongue piercing?

For wisdom teeth removal, do I have to remove my tongue piercing?

Probably: This is something to discuss with your oral surgeon or dentist. Likely they will want your tongue piercing removed during the procedure to decrease any chance of it dislodging and getting into your airway or blocking access to your teeth during the removal. ...Read more

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Within a week of my wisdom teeth removal my tongue had removed my stitches. I rinse my sockets out with a syringe. Any other advice on healing well?

Within a week of my wisdom teeth removal my tongue had removed my stitches. I rinse my sockets out with a syringe. Any other advice on healing well?

No problem: As long as you are keeping it clean by rinsing I don't think you should have any problem. The sutures are ready to be removed one week post op anyway. ...Read more

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Cheeks are swollen due to wisdom teeth removal. For how much longer will they be swollen for?

Cheeks are swollen due to wisdom teeth removal. For how much longer will they be swollen for?

Depends.: Normally, within a week the swelling should be significantly reduced. Try to keep the are clean. Use the curve syringe to flush out the food after eating. Steroid only effective 1/2 hour within the surgery appointment. Take your antibiotic faithfully and Ibuprofen for antiswelling measure. ...Read more

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5 day of wisdom teeth removal and right side of face is still swollen is this normal.

5 day of wisdom teeth removal and right side of face is still swollen is this normal.

Yes: If you have no pain and if the swelling is not increasing things are probably OK. Start applying moist heat to the swollen area for 20 minutes at a time to help the swelling go down. If there's no improvement in a few days time, go see your surgeon for a follow up. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it normal that my mouth still hurts after wisdom teeth removal?

I was wondering is it normal that my mouth still hurts after wisdom teeth removal?

It depends: Speaking regarding wisdom teeth removal, there is no doubt that today that it can be done very confortablely with excellent anesthesia and IV sedation that you wake up and everything is done without you remembering a thing. Premedication with anti infamatory and anti swelling perscriptions can make even your experience afterwards very comfortable. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a bad taste in mouth 6 days after wisdom teeth removal?

What does it mean if I have a bad taste in mouth 6 days after wisdom teeth removal?

Debris in Sockets or: The socket in your jawbone can collect debris until it heals and fills in with bone covered by gum tissue. In the meantime, your oral surgeon should give you an irrigating syringe to squirt in the hole (s) to keep them clean. Could also be blood or possibly drainage/infection. Does it hurt? Getting better or worse? Any q's, see your dentist. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have your stitches fall out of your upper mouth on left side after wisdom teeth removal after 3 days?

Is it bad to have your stitches fall out of your upper mouth on left side after wisdom teeth removal after 3 days?

Usually not: The first 3 days are the most critical and as long as you are careful, it shouldn't be a problem. Some stitches do not actually fall out but dissolve. It is always best to check with the dentist who placed the stitches. ...Read more

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Could it be bad I rinsed my mouth after wisdom teeth removal?

Could it be bad I rinsed my mouth after wisdom teeth removal?

No: You need to rinse after eating following the removal of teeth. Of more importance is how vigorously you rinse. My patients are advise to rinse lightly after eating or drinking fluids on the day of surgery to remove any residual food particles. Vigorous rinsing on the day of surgery could cause the loss of the blood clot and should be avoided. ...Read more

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I am unable to open my mouth all the way, 3 weeks after wisdom teeth removal?

I am unable to open my mouth all the way, 3 weeks after wisdom teeth removal?

Go back and: See your doctor. You can also consider craniosacral therapy, chinese medicine and acupuncture to help with this issue....All off which will help. It is a bit unusual to have that much trouble three weeks later so be rechecked. ...Read more

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I'm not sure, but should the back of your mouth hurt after wisdom teeth removal?

I'm not sure, but should the back of your mouth hurt after wisdom teeth removal?

It certainly can -: You can have some referred pain from the procedure, and also some injections are given more posterior to where the surgical incisions are and you may be feeling some of the soreness from having multiple injections as well. ...Read more

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I have a big blood clot in my mouth after wisdom teeth removal. What should I do it is not 24hours yet.

I have a big blood clot in my mouth after wisdom teeth removal. What should I do it is not 24hours yet.

Big blood clot: 1. Do not rinse 2. Remove the clot with a dry sterile gauze pad. 3. Moisten a tea bag and apply gentle pressure by biting down for 45 minutes. 4. Repeat as necessary. 5. Keep your head elevated 6. Limit physical activity. If that doesn't work you will have to call your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat after wisdom teeth removal with the blood clots still on? I can still see the blood clots in my mouth where the surgical extraction happened.

Yes: Maintaining an adequate nutrition following any surgery is important. If you are taking pain medication, it is important to have something in your stomach before taking the pain med to decrease the risk of nausea. Start with a soft diet, drink liquids, and advance your diet as tolerated. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can rinse your mouth with water on the first day of wisdom teeth removal?

Please tell me if you can rinse your mouth with water on the first day of wisdom teeth removal?

Yes: Yes you can rinse. However, minimize the amount of rinsing. Also do not spit the water out of your mouth when rinsing. Let the water "fall out" of your mouth. Spitting can cause the blood clots over the teeth extraction sites to become dislodged leading to bleeding. I hope you have a quick and easy recovery. ...Read more

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Why do I still have mouth swelling a month after my wisdom teeth removal?

Why do I still have mouth swelling a month after my wisdom teeth removal?

May be normal: I hurt for at least 2 weeks, but my pain was improving each and every day. If your pain is not improving or, in fact, is getting worse, i'd call the dentist. If it is improving slowly, wait and see. Do salt water gargles and take ibuprofen. This may help. ...Read more

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Upper wisdom teeth pulled. 5 days after started having tongue tingles and twitches. (whole face has been swollen and numb til then)?

Upper wisdom teeth pulled. 5 days after started having tongue tingles and twitches. (whole face has been swollen and numb til then)?

What is the question: If your face was swollen and numb before the extractions then that should have started to heal after the extractions. If you got swelling after the extractions then I would contact the oral surgeon that extracted the teeth. If you did not see an oral surgeon then contact the dentist and good luck. ...Read more

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I just had my wisdom teeth extracted two weeks ago. My tongue is very sore and kind of numb in spots. My glands feel swollen also. What could be wrong?

I just had my wisdom teeth extracted two weeks ago. My tongue is very sore and kind of numb in spots. My glands feel swollen also. What could be wrong?

See an oral surgeon: Or the dentist. Pain and swelling following dental extraction 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. Two weeks and lack of sensation shows that it may require attention and treatment. You should call your dentist or an oral surgeon for follow up appointment, for evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my mouth to still be numb & swollen a week after having my wisdom teeth out?

Is it okay for my mouth to still be numb & swollen a week after having my wisdom teeth out?

Depends: The amount and duration of your swelling may be influenced by the position and development of the wisdom teeth, your facial structures, the skill and technique of the dentist or surgeon, medications administered and whether or not you followed the postoperative instructions.

The numbness and/or altered sensation is usually transient, but in some instances may be longer lasting. ...Read more

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Is it commonfor my mouth to still be numb and swollen a week after having my wisdom teeth out?

Can be: Often swelling can cause the sensation of numbness. You can get maximum swelling 3 days after the wisdom tooth procedure. ...Read more

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What can I do to make the swollen mouth better after having my wisdom teeth pulled?

What can I do to make the swollen mouth better after having my wisdom teeth pulled?

Homeopathy: Homeopathic hypericum is amazing after tooth extraction to decrease pain and swelling. Ice/cool packs also help. ...Read more

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I know my wisdom teeth are coming in impacted, but right now my mouth is slightly swollen and I can barely open my jaw and I'm in a lot of pain?

I know my wisdom teeth are coming in impacted, but right now my mouth is slightly swollen and I can barely open my jaw and I'm in a lot of pain?

Pericornitis: Sounds like pericornitis - inflammation/infection around a partially erupted tooth. You can get some relief from ibuprofen (tylenol (acetaminophen) not as effective) and warm salt water rinses. A dentist can prescribe an antibiotic to help. Need to consider extracting this tooth when all is back to normal as the condition is likely to recur and may be worse and harder to cure next time. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in. I have lockjaw?

I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in. I have lockjaw?

Sounds Pretty Normal: Often because of the original swelling and possibly infection caused by the wisdom teeth coupled with the manipulation that the surgeon did getting them out; swelling and inability to open wide can result. Drink plenty of fluids, take the antibiotics and painkillers your surgeon had prescribed for you. You should be be better in about ten days. If you have fever, more pain or discharge call him ...Read more

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3 days after wisdom teeth extraction, bottom left of my mouth still very swollen. Normal?

3 days after wisdom teeth extraction, bottom left of my mouth still very swollen. Normal?

It is common: Some degree of swelling around the mouth and sides of the face is normal after this type of surgery. However, if swelling is severe or continues for more than four days after the surgery, you should call your surgeon for post-op examination. ...Read more

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I have swollen gum in the back of my mouth behind last tooth, is this my wisdom teeth coming in?

I have swollen gum in the back of my mouth behind last tooth, is this my wisdom teeth coming in?

Very possibly: It can also be caused by a periodontal pocket in that area. Your dentist will be able to tell after an examination with radiographs. Either way, it needs to be treated to avoid bone loss on that second molar. ...Read more

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Gland inside my mouth is swollen opened up and has yellow stuff inside it. Its behind wisdom teeth on the side?

Gland inside my mouth is swollen opened up and has yellow stuff inside it. Its behind wisdom teeth on the side?

Exudate: If your wisdom teeth are present, the likely hood they are either impacted or partially impacted, that means you have infections associated with teeth, (cysts)my advice seek the help of your dds to diagnose your problem ...Read more

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My wisdom teeth are coming out and my mouth is sore and swollen. What are some ways to alleviate the symptoms and what can I do?

My wisdom teeth are coming out and my mouth is sore and swollen. What are some ways to alleviate the symptoms and what can I do?

Tips for pain: Apply an ice pack to the side of your face for twenty minutes. If no relief, try moist heat. Take an over the counter pain medicine such as ibuprophen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Drink cold drinks or slushees. Try spraying sore throat spray on the tender tissue. If no relief in two days, see your denitst as you may need to have these teeth extracted. ...Read more

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My gum in the back of my mouth is swollen and hurts. Right behind last molar and I'm wondering if it's something with my wisdom teeth.

You're teething: Yeas, probably due to wisdom tooth. Please see your Dentist. Don't be surprised if you are referred to a wisdom tooth Specislist, an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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the inside of my mouth on the left side was swollen I thought it was from my wisdom teeth coming in but one on that side still hasn't appeared, but I ended up biting it. Creating a canker sore. Now it looks loke its eating the inside of my gum n chee?

the inside of my mouth on the left side was swollen I thought it was from my wisdom teeth coming in but one on that side still hasn't appeared, but I ended up biting it. Creating a canker sore. Now it looks loke its eating the inside of my gum n chee?

Problem: Even though you do not see a wisdom tooth it does not mean that the problem does not originate from an erupting tooth below the gum line. Could also be the opposing wisdom tooth erupting. Could also be other dental problems. Therefore in order to know what it is and what to do about it you will need to see your local dentist. ...Read more

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All on right side. Pain when swallowing. Swollen on the back roof of mouth. Above my gums hurt, like top of jaw, and my temple hurts. No wisdom teeth. Help?

All on right side. Pain when swallowing. Swollen on the back roof of mouth. Above my gums hurt, like top of jaw, and my temple hurts. No wisdom teeth. Help?

Possibilities: Many come to mind. Could be infected tooth/teeth, gum infection, virus, oral bacterial infection, sinus infection, Gerd, etc. Start with your Dentist. If dental/oral cause ruled out, nthen next step is to see your Physician. Pain and swelling should not be ignored. ...Read more

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When after wisdom teeth removal will I feel normal?

When after wisdom teeth removal will I feel normal?

Varies: It varies from patient to patient and it also varies based on the position of the tooth in the jaw bone. Usually you should feel back to normal after 1-2 weeks. Some feel fine in a couple of days. ...Read more

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Wisdom Teeth (Definition)

Wisdom teeth are the last molars to "come in" to a person's mouth. They usually emerge when someone is 17 to 21 years old. Many wisdom teeth become impacted for lack of room in the mouth, and ...Read more


Swollen Tongue (Definition)

Swollen tongue is just a description of a tongue that has become larger then previously, this can happen because infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, a tumor growing ...Read more