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Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

Roots been left in after tooth extraction. Can this lead to infection, I have a red line goin across my gum and painful sornes on side of palate?

It is possible: It is possible to get an infection however if the root tips are too close to a nerve or the sinus it is sometimes better to leave them in rather than to risk some possible permanent nerve damage or a sinus perforation. I would return to the dentist that did the extraction and have the area rechecked. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Had tooth extraction and the socket has like a whitest plug in the middle of it kinda over the blood clot. Is just the gum healing or is it infection?

Had tooth extraction and the socket has like a whitest plug in the middle of it kinda over the blood clot. Is just the gum healing or is it infection?

Sounds normal: If no other symptoms probably ok. If you're not sure, ask the dentist or oral surgeon that did the extraction to take a look. ...Read more

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Hard lump on back lower jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Feels very bruised. Won't allow mouth to open. No infection. Pain into gums and ear.

Hard lump on back lower jaw after wisdom tooth extraction. Feels very bruised. Won't allow mouth to open. No infection. Pain into gums and ear.

Tooth extraction: Hi Robin, When was the extraction? For about 4-6 days it is normal to have the swelling depending on how bad it was before the extraction. It will feel swollen, bruised and cause spasms of the masseter muscle prevention mouth opening. Pain accompanies inflammation that is secondary to the extraction and possibly the infection that required it. Please see your dentist if this persists beyond 6 days ...Read more

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Dental abcess, had tooth extraction afraid some vact is still in blood. Wht blood cells are good. Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Dental abcess, had tooth extraction afraid some vact is still in blood. Wht blood cells are good. Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Follow-up: The dentist who extracted your tooth is the one responsible for your follow-up after care. When was the tooth removed and when did you finish your course of antibiotics? Any questions or concerns should be addressed to that health care provider. ...Read more

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Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Post op pain: It could be a dry socket or you may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Difficult teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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Could my inhalers cause infection after tooth extraction? In terrible pain. Looks infected. Not a dry socket.

Could my inhalers cause infection after tooth extraction? In terrible pain. Looks infected. Not a dry socket.

Possible: If inhaler is steroid, theoretical increase risk of infection. It probably is a dry socket. See dentist for evaluation and recommendations. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction aftercare--how can I help an elderly person avoid infection and heal well?

Tooth extraction aftercare--how can I help an elderly person avoid infection and heal well?

Keeping area clean: On the day of extraction apply ice pack on the side from outside. After 24 hours start rinsing with warm salt water. Sometimes antibacterial mouthwash like Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) mau be recommended by the dentist. The rinsing should be done at least 5-6 times daily especially after any food intake. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction. Had an abcess and afraid infection got into blood will the extraction take care of infection. If its in the blood.?

I had a tooth extraction. Had an abcess and afraid infection got into blood will the extraction take care of infection. If its in the blood.?

Immune system: If you are not immune-compromised, the infection-fighting components of your immune system in the blood stream will usually be quite protective. Dental abscesses have no blood supply so fairly high levels of systemic antibiotics are necessary to be effective. Once your full immune system comes into play via the blood stream the infection will usually resolve more rapidly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a wisdom tooth extraction infection?

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 more

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Can a tooth extraction site start drain infection 3weeks after extraction?

Yes: Please see your oral surgeon if you are now draining purulent material. ...Read more

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I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

I have an infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. What can I do?

See your dentist: As with any surgical procedure, removal of your wisdom teeth carries some risks. However, you should see your dentist if you have signs of infection after the procedure. ...Read more

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How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

How soon after wisdom tooth extraction can I stop worrying about infection?

Keep area clean: Infection can be caused at anytime if you don't mantain good hygiene. So just keep up with good oral hygiene. To prevent infection. ...Read more

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I am still having extreme pain 3 weeks after tooth extraction with no dry socket and the socket is not closing. I don't have an infection either.

Osteomyelitis?: You may have osteomyelitis. Infection of the bone. See an oral surgeon. Make sure he gets xrays. I've seen this and it can be serious. ...Read more

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I had a tooth extraction 3 months ago, from a cracked abcessed tooth I'm still getting pains occasionaly, could this mean the infection is still there?

I had a tooth extraction 3 months ago, from a cracked abcessed tooth I'm still getting pains occasionaly, could this mean the infection is still there?

Possibly: If you are still having issues after 3 months you certainly need to see the dentist that removed the tooth. It could be secondary infection, it could be a small portion of the root was left in place (there are reasons we sometimes must do that) or it could be slight nerve damage. Without seeing a current x-ray, which should be included as part of standard follow up at this point, it is hard to say. ...Read more

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What are the signs of infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

What are the signs of infection after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Infection: Infections can be a side-effect of any surgical procedure. There are many signs to watch for but increased temperature, swelling after a 3-5 days, pain, and puss are possible signs, but ultimately you will need to go back to the doctor to be evaluated for infection. ...Read more

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Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Is flucloxacillin ok for post wisdom tooth extraction infection?

Not Usually: The dentist who takes out your tooth will determine whether you need followup antibiotics. Levofloxacin
is not usually the best antibiotic for this purpose. If the doctor feels it's needed (s)he will write a prescription for the proper medicine. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a recurrent/persistent infection after wisdom tooth extraction?

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 more

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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?

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

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Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Test positive for the flu a day after tooth extraction. Will this effect the healing of the extraction or cause infection?

Unlikely: Not at all. Though the influenza virus can infect mucous membranes, it wouldn't affect the healing process of any gum tissue. ...Read more

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Could asthma inhalers cause an infection after my tooth extraction? No dry socket.

Unlikely: Inhaled steroids might cause fungal pharyngitis in general, that's why it is advisable to gargle or drink water after using them, the same applies after tooth extraction, wash your mouth after usage, bronchodilator inhalers aren't known to cause infection, wash your mouth anyways after using either type if you're concerned ...Read more

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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 more

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Tooth extraction monday I've had throbbing sucking cold pain since I also have a sinuses infection leaking through help please?

Tooth extraction monday I've had throbbing sucking cold pain since I also have a sinuses infection leaking through help please?

Call Surgeon: Please call your oral surgeon immediately. You may have an oroantral communication. If so, it needs to be evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Hello - I had a wisdom tooth extraction 3 days ago upper left 7 I think. I can feel bone in the socket. No pain, but I'm worried about infection.?

Pain or high temp?: Pain, elevated temp, or purulent discharge are more hallmarks of infection. It is very normal to feel the bone on the edge of the socket after an extraction but you should resist the urge to play with the socket with your tongue or finger initially. Rinsing with warm salt water should be started after waiting for 24 hours so that the blood clot is in place long enough for healing to begin. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the Oral Surgeon to properly diagnose the problem and initiate proper treatment. If you have an oral-antral fistula then it is paramount that you get there ASAP. These are serious and require expert treatment and management to resolve. Good Luck. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Disgnosed w dale ear infection 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction do I have to worry about sockets becoming infected too?

Disgnosed w dale ear infection 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction do I have to worry about sockets becoming infected too?

Not from ear: First you are past the time when dry sockets general develop and also do not have to worry about an ear infection spreading to and causing a dry socket. ...Read more

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I have a lightly painful lump in my cheek after one week from wisdom tooth extraction. Had significant swelling and external bruising. Tooth was high and in bone. No signs of infection. Healing well overall. Size has been consistent whole week.?

I have a lightly painful lump in my cheek after one week from wisdom tooth extraction. Had significant swelling and external bruising. Tooth was high and in bone. No signs of infection. Healing well overall. Size has been consistent whole week.?

Questions: Not unusual. May take months to resolve. To be sure, make an appointment with the Surgeon who removed the tooth for a post-surgical examination. Take along a written list of all your questions. That way the Surgeon can address all your concerns. ...Read more

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How long can a cheek infection from wisdom tooth extraction last?

How long can a cheek infection from wisdom tooth extraction last?

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 more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

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