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Trismus after wisdom teeth removal. Is that a bad side effect?

Trismus after wisdom teeth removal. Is that a bad side effect?

Common side effect: After removal of wisdom teeth or undergoing procedures where the mouth is held open, many patients will experience some limited opening due to tightness of the muscles that function to open and close the lower jaw that will generally improve with time and moist heat. In some instances, an infection can also be responsible for limited opening, which would require additional treatment. Read more

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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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Will trismus post wisdom teeth removal resolve itself over time?

Will trismus post wisdom teeth removal resolve itself over time?

Ususally it does...: If you had your wisdom teeth removed your mouth was open for a long time and the muscles are just plain sore. Also...Where you got the shots to numb the area will give you pain. And finally where the teeth were removed can hurt too. But smile...Most of the time this all goes away. If it lasts longer than a few weeks then call the doctor and talk to them. Read more

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Is it common to have trismus after removal of wisdom teeth?

Is it common to have trismus after removal of wisdom teeth?

Yes: Depending on the difficulty in removing your wisdom teeth, your muscles may have had a lot of strain during the surgery. Trismus can be compounded by the procedure itself and administration of the local anesthesia. Warm moist heat to the musculature helps to loosen the muscles. Also, avoid overly "chewy" foods, esp. Gum, until your muscles feel better. 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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I have trismus after wisdom teeth extractions hurts like the dickens and can only open mouth about 1 inch

I have trismus after wisdom teeth extractions hurts like the dickens and can only open mouth about 1 inch

This: This is common after removal of wisdom teeth. Lots of heat via pad to your jaws and Ibuprofen should take care of it. If not, return to the dentist who removed them for further help and guidance. Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out last tuesday. I think I might have trismus. What is the best way and most fastest way to treat it?

I had my wisdom teeth out last tuesday. I think I might have trismus. What is the best way and most fastest way to treat it?

Reduce swelling: Trismus is usually caused by inflammation due to swelling from the extractions, or, injections from the numbing. Using moist heat, along with an anti inflammatory agent such as ibuprofen, and exercising or forcibly opening and closing the jaw daily will speed the recovery. Read more

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How long does trismus usually last after wisdom teeth extraction?

It varies: Depending on how severe the teeth were impacted and how difficult they were to remove, 1-2 weeks would be expected. Read more

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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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1 week after wisdom teeth removal here is still swelling on the bottom left side and today I felt the left 2nd molar wiggling. Is this normal?

1 week after wisdom teeth removal here is still swelling on the bottom left side and today I felt the left 2nd molar wiggling. Is this normal?

Normal?: You have had surgery. Healing takes time. If you are concerned enough to send this post, then please call your treating Dentist or Oral Surgeon for a post-surgical examination to assure that your healing is proceeding at the expected rate. Do it. It will put your mind at ease. 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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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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In my before & i-year after dental X-ray after wisdom teeth removal, the angle of lower jaw shifted on that same side. Why? Can it be fixed?

In my before & i-year after dental X-ray after wisdom teeth removal, the angle of lower jaw shifted on that same side. Why? Can it be fixed?

I do not understand: Angle of lower jaw shift? X-rays may not be taken at the exact same angulation, therefore, you may see shape differences that are only caused by angulation differences but are not different. If you have questions a dentist needs to thoroughly examine your jaw to see if you have an actual problem. 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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Is it bad to be put to sleep for wisdom teeth removal with a PFO patent formen ovale?

Is it bad to be put to sleep for wisdom teeth removal with a PFO patent formen ovale?

Sedation: Oral surgeons are well trained for IV concious sedation. Sometimes they use the services of anesthesiologist for challenging cases. Surgeon may ask for cardiology consultation prior to surgery. Read more

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Is it bad to still have pain in my lower right jaw from wisdom teeth removal about 4 weeks ago?

Is it bad to still have pain in my lower right jaw from wisdom teeth removal about 4 weeks ago?

Not Typical: It certainly is not typical to still have pain 4 weeks post op. You should definitely return to your surgeon to be reevaluated. Read more

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5 days post op of 2 lower wisdom teeth removal. Right side completly healed but left has brown stuff On top and attached to cheek. Heavy pain in left.

5 days post op of 2 lower wisdom teeth removal. Right side completly healed but left has brown stuff On top and attached to cheek. Heavy pain in left.

Amount of surgery: Different types of eruption, impaction, presence of infection, & bone density can affect the type and amount of surgery necessary for removal of the teeth. The pain can be managed with rest, hygiene care, & pain medication. If pain persists or if there are signs of infection or recurrent swelling, you should see the surgeon who performed the surgery. Read more

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I had dressing to treat dry socket after impacted wisdom teeth removal. Dressing removed 2 days. Still have dull pulsing pain on one side. Is this ok?

I had dressing to treat dry socket after impacted wisdom teeth removal. Dressing removed 2 days. Still have dull pulsing pain on one side. Is this ok?

The rule of thumb: The gauze packing should be removed and replaced every 24 hours until symptoms subside. If concerned see your surgeon for management. Read more

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