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Will Your Cheek Really Sink In After Tooth Extractions
It is possible: The presence and/or absence of teeth can definitely have an influence on the support of the lips and lower facial third. An individual who has all of his or her teeth removed without replacement can and will likely have the appearance of loss of fullness of the cheek and lips. ...Read more
Sore cheek ; gum:
Some post-operative discomfort is normal after an extraction. You now have a wound in your mouth. The amount of discomfort depends on the difficulty of the extraction, the size of the infection, and the amount of bone removed.
Assuming you are following your surgeon's post-op advice, the pain will subside over the next 3-5 days. If not, call or return to the surgeon. ...Read more
In general, what is the recovery time for cheek swelling to go down after a wisdom tooth extraction?
One week :
In general, it takes one to two days for the swelling from the trauma from the extraction but if the wisdom tooth was slightly inflamed before the exit. It can take a week to go down with antibiotics taken from the first day
if swelling persists after a week it might be a good idea to visit your dentist for further treatment options. ...Read more
Had dry socket treated 3 weeks ago after tooth extraction. The socket still hasn't closed and there's swelling on the side of gums near cheek still.
Seek evaluation : Healing varies and is dependent on various factors including body's capacity to heal which is usually better at younger age and healthy body. The extent of surgery also affects the healing process. It is possible that there is residual tooth, bone fragment, or foreign objects such as food debris in the socket. Have it evaluated by the treating surgeon. ...Read more
Tooth extraction : Is a surgical procedure and is not completely risk-free. If you have undergone the tedious procedure of surgical extraction, this hard red bump on your cheek or knot like feeling is nothing, but post-operative effects of the procedure. If after 7 days no improvement, see your dentist or an oral surgeon for post-op appointment. ...Read more
My gum line around the edge of my cheek has a pit/split that is quite deep after wisdom tooth extraction. Is this normal?
It's OK: The area should gradually heal over. Keep it clean. If you have any concerns, return to your Oral Surgeon for reevaluation. ...Read more
I have a bony lump in my cheek after having lower wisdom tooth extraction. It's not bothering me but what is this and is it serious?
Not to Worry: Depending on when your surgery was, a cellulitis is a firm swelling in soft tissue and can be a prelim to abcess (infection). If the ext. Was a while ago a lump like you're talking about can just be left over from the incision and flap made to get to the wisdom tooth and generally will resolve on its own. Never hurts to have the surgeon take a peek just to ease your mind! Cellulitis hurts usually ...Read more
My dentist sewed my cheek to my gum during an upper wisdom tooth extraction. Now the gum is permanently fuse to my cheek. Is this normal?
Reevaluation: Without seeing, you it is not possible to asses your current condition. Return to the treating Dentist or see a specialist Oral Surgeon for reevaluation. ...Read more
Quarter sized abscess on cheek and jaw post wisdom tooth extraction. was drained and sown up (no drain left in) 3 days ago. Should it still be hard?
Answer: This is a question best answered by ther GeneralDentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that has been treating you, knows your pre-surgical condition and your post-surgical history. That practitioner is the one who can best describe to your the landmarks that are expected along the road to recovery, and the best person to decide if additional treatment is indicated. ...Read more
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
I went to my dentist because I felt a bony lump on my cheek after having a wisdom tooth extraction. He said that this is normal healing. Is this true?
You have to: Believe what your doctor told you, wait few more days for the swelling to go dow, and go for a follow up visit. IF you are not satisfied look for a second opinion, even your own doctor will help to get one if you want it. ...Read more
Tiny piece of meat between gum & cheek near throat. May get hit while brushing, not the brush part. Been there since wisdom tooth extraction. Whatisit?
Good question: How long ago was the tooth extracted. If within the last few weeks, the area may still be in the process of healing where the gum is not fully filled in, covered over and smooth. However, if it hasn't been getting better or still thereafter that time, see the dentist who extracted the tooth for an evaluation. Regardless your dentist is responsible for follow up aftercare, almost always no charge ...Read more
I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is
I am experiencing cheek swelling & a sore throat. I recently got a wisdom tooth extraction on the left side. I see black stuff on the extraction site.
Swelling: If the swelling is on the same side as the recent surgery, they may be associated. Please contact the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that treated you and ask for a post-surgical reevaluation. ...Read more
Is slight yellowing of extraction site and light yellow oozing normal 3 days after tooth extraction? Most oozing occurs when I sleep,head elevated.
After tooth extraction I have this headache for more than 2 weeks now, my head is pounding specially when down at night I can hear my head pounding like a hearbeat, and now I can feel heat in the back of my neck and at the back of my body my head is very
See your PCP: There are a number of things that can cause a headache to develop after extraction. Often after a tooth extraction you are prescribed opiates (e.g. Vicodin) Headaches are one of the side effects associated with opiates. Another reason could be caffeine withdrawal, stress or cervicogenic headache. Regardless, see your primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction 2 days ago and am experiencing severe pain, swelling, nausea and head spins. Should I seek out a doctor?
Complications: Certainly does sound like you're suffering from potential complications of that tooth extraction such as a possible infection doesn't it? I might first try call the dentist back who you saw. They may want to take another look at the extraction site to see if there's something they can do before seeing a non-dental MD. Questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more
After 2 weeks of tooth extraction I have this throbbing headache, jaw numb, neck is very hot and my back, head pounding 24/7?
Possible Infection: Please call your surgeon ASAP for a follow up. ...Read more
Dull sensory pain/tingling in left side of face and head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction. Had lingual nerve damage. Any medication?
Contact ENT: Get back with your oral surgeon. An ENT consult (ear, nose and throat MD) might help. ...Read more
Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?
Several: We use different medications to help alleviate nerve pain. Amitryptilline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant that we never use for depression anymore — it helps. Seizure medications like gabapentin, carbamezapine and valproic acid help. You may need more than one type of medication and sometimes you find out what works only by trial and error. See a neurologist for treatment. ...Read more
Chronic sinusitis & tooth extraction 2 mths ago.Face swollen, head/ear pain, cold symptoms, temp. Seen Drs recently. should I see again or self-treat?
2 avenues: See Oral Surgeon to evaluate extraction site. See ENT to evaluate sinus. Sounds like infection, and that requires more than OTCs. ...Read more
Depends: This does depend on how difficult they were to remove, but usually 2 weeks. ...Read more
Really want a cigarette but I'm trying to hold out for at least 24 hours after tooth extraction. I really don't want dry socket. When can I smoke?
5 days Non-smoker: Dry sockets are most likely to develop in the first 5 days. This is among non-smokers. Smokers have higher chance of dry socket. The longer you wait, the lower the chance. Stay away from smoking for minimum 5 days, and if you can do longer it is highly advisable. Hold out forever is even better! ...Read more
Painless : Sorry to hear, but having a tooth pulled is sometimes necessary. Before extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are anxious, your dentist may use IV sedation that will prevent pain completely and make you sleep through the procedure. Anesthesia is the key. Good luck. ...Read more
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