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Wisdom tooth abscessed, and can't open my jaw! How to treat this?

Wisdom tooth abscessed, and can't open my jaw! How to treat this?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the oral surgeon asap. They can help you with this. Often they can provide medications to relax the jaw prior to the extraction. ...Read more

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I have tmj, and at the moment I'm suffering with my wisdom tooth but how can it be taken out when I can't open my jaw more than 2cm?

I have tmj, and at the moment I'm suffering with my wisdom tooth but how can it be taken out when I can't open my jaw more than 2cm?

Oral surgeon: Consult with the oral surgeon who will be extracting the tooth. There may be enough room for him/her to work. If you are put to sleep for the procedure, the TMJ condition may not be an issue. Treat both problems and feel better soon... ...Read more

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Been week since I got 1 upper left impacted wisdom tooth out. I'm experience jaw stiffness n upper jaw can't open wide especially in the morning. Normal?

Been week since I got 1 upper left impacted wisdom tooth out. I'm experience jaw stiffness n upper jaw can't open wide especially in the morning. Normal?

Tmj: The process of getting your wisdom tooth extracted may -having your mouth wide open for so long--may have irritated your left jaw at the temporomandibular joint. Call the oral surgeon or dentist. If there are no contraindications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds may help relieve your discomfort--or warm compresses. ...Read more

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I had a wisdom tooth pulled 4 days ago. I'm still in pain and my jaw won't stop popping. It opens fully with difficulty and pain. Dislocation?

I had a wisdom tooth pulled 4 days ago. I'm still in pain and my jaw won't stop popping. It opens fully with difficulty and pain. Dislocation?

Get checked again: Although a dislocation may be a possibility especially if it was pulled with effort. I am more concerned about infection and you need to get it checked by your dentist. Take care. ...Read more

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I have an impacted wisdom tooth and its coming in facing my jaw. My face is swelling from it and I can't open my mouth or it feels like its breaking?

I have an impacted wisdom tooth and its coming in facing my jaw. My face is swelling from it and I can't open my mouth or it feels like its breaking?

See professional: At 26 there can be complications from an erupting wisdom tooth. You may need antibiotics. Infection and inflammation may cause the muscles in the area to limit opening of the mouth. See a dentist or oral surgeon soon, as infection can cause systemic problems. ...Read more

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For the last 3 days I've had jaw pain just on the right side. I've had headaches + can't open my mouth wide! Any idea why? Wisdom tooth coming through

For the last 3 days I've had jaw pain just on the right side. I've had headaches + can't open my mouth wide! Any idea why? Wisdom tooth coming through

Maxillary tooth ?: It may be that the erupting tooth is digging into your cheek and jawbone. Let a local dentist take a look to see if it needs extraction. Most do. ...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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I have this tooth problem and am not sure if it is TMJ or wisdom tooth. My jaw cracks on the right side when I open or yawn but hurts on the left?

I have this tooth problem and am not sure if it is TMJ or wisdom tooth. My jaw cracks on the right side when I open or yawn but hurts on the left?

Dentist/Oral Surg: See your Dentist or Oral Surgeon for panoramic x-ray image, examination, diagnosis and tx options. They will be able to help you or refer you to the needed specialist. Good Luck. ...Read more

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After 2 weeks of Wisdom tooth extraction I am experiencing unable to open mouth (jaw). Will i be able to open my mouth again to it’s full potential ?

After 2 weeks of Wisdom tooth extraction I am experiencing  unable to open mouth (jaw). Will i be able to open my mouth again to it’s full potential ?

Reevaluation: Two weeks is a bit long not to have a decrease in symptoms. Please return to the General Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that did your extractions for a post-surgical reevaluation. ...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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I got a wisdom tooth out yesterday. I got stitches in my left lower jaw. This a. M it looks like a tennis ball. The dentist is closed today. I can open mouth a little. Should i just take the codeine?

I got a wisdom tooth out yesterday.  I got stitches in my left lower jaw. This a. M it looks like a tennis ball. The dentist is closed today. I can open mouth a little. Should i just take the codeine?

I agree with the : Other doctors comments. I would add though that the peak of swelling is usually 72 hours post surgery, so your "tennis ball" may even get larger. Once swelling presents, it is difficult to modify this. Ice for the first 48 hours & then on third day moist heat application to help reduce swelling. A tennis ball size swelling is a bit excessive though. Motrin 800mg, & narcotic for pain — & time. ...Read more

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My ear, jaw and throat hurts. My wisdom tooth is half-way down and at an angle. The gum next to it is red and hurts. I can barely open my jaw. Help?

My ear, jaw and throat hurts. My wisdom tooth is half-way down and at an angle. The gum next to it is red and hurts. I can barely open my jaw. Help?

Oral Surgeon: Have an oral surgeon or your dentist evaluate that tooth for extraction. May be infected, probably not enough room in your mouth for it to erupt comfortably. ...Read more

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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 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

Possible Infection: The late swelling coupled with difficulty opening your mouth could represent a postoperative infection. You should return to your dentist and/or surgeon for evaluation and any recommended treatment (antibiotic and/or incision and drainage of the infected area). ...Read more

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Hi I've had a wisdom tooth to be extracted from lower jaw but hasn't been because of my work timings and negligence and i have been experiencing cont?

Hi I've had a wisdom tooth to be extracted from lower jaw but hasn't been because of my work timings and negligence and i have been experiencing cont?

Priorities: Make time to have the tooth extracted. If you get a big infection and become swollen, you will still need to take time off, but you will needlessly suffer. ...Read more

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My jaw has a wisdom tooth what sometimes digs in to my lower gum and sometimes doesn't my top of my jaw is a bit uneven can anyone explain why?

My jaw has a wisdom tooth what sometimes digs in to my lower gum and sometimes doesn't my top of my jaw is a bit uneven can anyone explain why?

Yes: A Dentist can examine you, determine exactly what's wrong, and tell you what treatment modalities are available. Please, you have to be examined, not "computered." ...Read more

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Why do I need to ave my jaw dislocated to get my wisdom tooth out?

Why do I need to ave my jaw dislocated to get my wisdom tooth out?

Access to tooth: The oral surgeon ned's access to the wisdom tooth so you need have your mouth open widely. Talk to the surgeon before your extraction about your concerns about your tmj. ...Read more

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What to do if I have achey jaw and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth removal?

What to do if I have achey jaw and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth removal?

Call and disuss: Call and discuss this with the dentist who removed your wisdom tooth. Is it getting better, worse or the same over time? Your dentist should be seeing you for routine aftercare until healing is assured. This is normally included in the fee for that service. ...Read more

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Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause your jaw to keep cracking when you eat?

Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause your jaw to keep cracking when you eat?

Not really ...: The cracking sound in your jaw is probably noise coming from your jaw joint in front of the ear. It occurs when your jaw slips across a cartilage band in the joint. This would be unrelated to your wisdom teeth unless pain around a wisdom tooth has caused you to change how or where you chew your food and this is aggravating the jaw joint. ...Read more

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Half erupted wisdom tooth and grating sound in the jaw. Should i be worried?

Half erupted wisdom tooth and grating sound in the jaw. Should i be worried?

See a dentist: In order to evaluate whether your wisdom tooth needs to be extracted and get your tmjoints and occlusion (bite) evaluated. Worrying doesn't help in any way. Proper dental treatment does. ...Read more

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My right side of my jaw hurts but not sure if it's the wisdom tooth. How can I tell?

My right side of my jaw hurts but not sure if it's the wisdom tooth. How can I tell?

Hard to tell: Unfortunately, there are lots of things that could cause jaw pain. Wisdom teeth can certainly cause that kind of pain, but so can a severe cavity, tmj, a bad bite, a jaw fracture, a jaw infection or a few other things. The only way to konw for sure is for your dentist to take a look at it, maybe take a couple of xrays. ...Read more

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Achey jaw and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth removal. Is there anything I can take for this?

See your surgeon: There are many pain relievers you can take. See your surgeon to make sure you do not have an infection or a dry socket. Then he or she can prescribe whatever is appropriate. ...Read more

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The inside of my right cheek feels thick for about a week? Also, my jaw. Can this be due to growing wisdom tooth?

The inside of my right cheek feels thick for about a week? Also, my jaw. Can this be due to growing wisdom tooth?

See a dentist: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. Rec. See a dentist asap. ...Read more

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I m getting wisdom tooth in my upper right jaw. I feel like chewing something with that part of jaw always like gum, is it ok to do that?

I m getting wisdom tooth in my upper right jaw. I feel like chewing something with that part of jaw always like gum, is it ok to do that?

OK for Now: It may be fine to do what you are doing to relieve discomfort, but you really need to have a dentist take x-rays and determine if you have room for the teeth to come in. What you are experiencing is what babies feel when they are 'cutting teeth' but the difference is that you may not have room for the wisdom teeth and they could cause permanent damage to other teeth if not checked out! ...Read more

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My first wisdom tooth is starting to grow out, I have swelling and pain on that side of my jaw, how long will it take until I can get it removed?

My first wisdom tooth is starting to grow out, I have swelling and pain on that side of my jaw, how long will it take until I can get it removed?

Wisdom tooth: Check with your dentist to make sure the swelling and pain is from the wisdom tooth. It is not unusual to have some discomfort when the tooth is erupting through the gum.
Your dentist or an oral surgeon can determine by examination and x-rays if the tooth should be removed. ...Read more