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How severe can nerve damage be after a wisdom tooth extraction? Is there a chance of a droopy/paralyzed lip?

How severe can nerve damage be after a wisdom tooth extraction? Is there a chance of a droopy/paralyzed lip?

No: The lip will not be paralyzed. However, there is low risk of lower lip numbness or tongue numbness from a wisdom tooth extraction. The sensation usually feels "heavy". ...Read more

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Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Seek help: Any sudden pain, bleeding, or (as in your case) swelling should be evaluated immediately. See your Oral Surgeon, General Dentist, General Physician, ENT Specialist, Urgent Care, or ER. Seek immediate care. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

Wisdom tooth: You can change to your regular mouthwash after a few days as long as you are not having a lot of pain or swelling. Contact the extracting dentist if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom tooth extraction yesterday, after that I rinse my mouth with water because of the blood, is it safe?

I got my wisdom tooth extraction yesterday, after that I rinse my mouth with water because of the blood, is it safe?

Follow instructions: I would assume that you were provided with post-op instructions, written, verbal or both. Rinsing is usually recommended- salt water, etc (no straws.) call the office and clarify if need be. ...Read more

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Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Why is my mouth still in so much pain after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Some pain normal: Some pain is normal after a wisdom tooth extraction. I would update your dentist or oral surgeon of your pain level so they can help control your pain ...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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Can a wisdom tooth extraction site get infected 3 weeks after removal? I'm having some mouth pains around where they were pulled and some in my neck.

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Can a wisdom tooth extraction site get infected 3 weeks after removal? I'm having some mouth pains around where they were pulled and some in my neck.

Yes: It is possible that you may have lodged some food debris in the healing extraction socket or that there are some spicules of bone or tooth debris that is still in the socket and is exfoliating. Swelling and bleeding would be indications of infection. It's unlikely a dry socket. Neck pain can possibly be muscle strain or TMJ from procedure. Contact the oral surgeon for an evaluation. ...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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I have throbbing and the taste of blood in my mouth two days after my wisdom tooth extraction. The site is not oozing blood, however. Is this normal?

I have throbbing and the taste of blood in my mouth two days after my wisdom tooth extraction. The site is not oozing blood, however. Is this normal?

It is normal: Bleeding will occur after surgery, and it is not uncommon to ooze blood for 24-72 hours after wisdom teeth removal. A lot of the time it looks like there is more blood than there actually is due to the saliva mixing with the blood. Avoid the vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound area. ...Read more

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Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?

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 any more - 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

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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? .

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'm wondering how long should I keep gauze in my mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

I'm wondering how long should I keep gauze in my mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

Post Op Instructions: Follow the oral and\or written instructions of the dentist who treated you. Call if you are unsure. Generally 30-45 minutes and replace if necessary (more than very slight oozing). ...Read more

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What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

What can cause bad taste in mouth after wisdom tooth extraction?

EXT > bad taste?: Lots of possibilities: many patients just don't brush and floss as well after surgery, food decaying in socket, early infection, beginning of dry socket, etc. Make sure you are brushing and flossing adequately, rinsing after the first 24 hours and see your own dentist to check on healing. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

What to do if I cannot open mouth wide enough for wisdom tooth extraction?

Very common, trismus: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, also called tightness in the jaw muscles. See your surgeon for post-op examination and treatment. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

I got my wisdom tooth extraction one hour ago, and may I know if I can rinse my mouth now?

No!: Generally speaking we like to wait 24 hours before rinsing to allow a good blood clot to form. After that, continue to rinse, brush, and floss GENTLY for at least the next few days. Your own dentist should have provided you oral and/or written instructions. Follow those instructions and call that office if you still have questions. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does it take for your mouth to heal after a wisdom tooth extraction?

2-6 weeks, varies: Following a tooth extraction you can should generally feel a gradual improvement in your symptoms over the first 2 weeks. If you feel like the pain is getting worse it is important to see your provider for follow up. Extractions can vary greatly and will take long to heal if bone removal was required. It might also take longer if post op instructions are not followed. ...Read more

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It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?

Common complication: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus, or tightness in the jaw muscles.. This tightness can last several days to two weeks. Three things will help loosen up the jaw muscles as quickly as possible: heat, stretching, and massage. ...Read more

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Brownish/Grey sore on wisdom tooth extraction site from over 2 yrs ago causing LOTS of pain in mouth and left ear. What could it be and what do I do?

Brownish/Grey sore on wisdom tooth extraction site from over 2 yrs ago causing LOTS of pain in mouth and left ear. What could it be and what do I do?

See your dentist: Some conditions like Brownish/Grey sore 2 years after surgery may require further assessment and your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dentist rx'd me peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) to rinse the weird taste in my mouth away post wisdom tooth extraction. Do I need to water this stuff down before rinsing?

Dentist rx'd me peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) to rinse the weird taste in my mouth away post wisdom tooth extraction. Do I need to water this stuff down before rinsing?

No: Despite it's medicinal smell and taste, it is to be used as is. It can be very helpful in keeping the area clean after an oral surgery procedure like yours. ...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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Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Wisdom tooth: Not based on what you have told us. Why do you ask? Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Could wisdom tooth extraction hurt a lot?

Wisdom Teeth: Everyone has a different experience, and it's difficult to generalize. Pain is also very subjective and variable from person to person. I encourage you to have a thorough discussion with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will alleviate any anxiety about the procedure you may have. The majority of patients get through the procedure just fine. Stay positive. ...Read more

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How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

How much is wisdom tooth extraction cost?

Variable: Depends on the complexity of the procedure, experience of the surgeon, and choice of anesthesia. ...Read more

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Safety of partial wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends what's left: If only some wisdom teeth and not others were extracted often safe, if only part of the tooth is removed it's probably not so safe. ...Read more

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What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

What should wisdom tooth extraction cost about?

Varies by specialist: The cost of having your wisdom tooth extracted will vary by specialist, zip code and type of anesthesia used. It could start at $180.00 and up. ...Read more

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What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

What should I eat after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Usually anything: Usually there are no restrictions other than really hot foods while your mouth is numb and anything that you have to suck through a straw because using a straw could lead to loss of clot and then a dry socket. I also tell people to avoid chips, nachos, etc so they don't cut the extraction site/clot. ...Read more

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Is $2, 245 a normal rate for wisdom tooth extraction?

In California: If all four wisdom teeth are planned for removal and you are having sedation or general anesthesia, the fee is probably reasonable and customary. It would be similar in my area. Good luck! ...Read more

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Exactly how much should a wisdom tooth extraction cost?

Lots of variables: There is a very wide range here. A simple extraction vs. A horizontal full bony impaction? Iv sedation vs. Local anesthesia alone. Big city prestigious office vs. Local rural dentist? Fee for service private practice vs. Insurance plan office? You've already received some idea from my colleagues. Best way to find out for sure is to see your local dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What is a wisdom tooth extraction? How is it performed?

A: A wisdom tooth extraction is an extraction of a third molar. It it the farthest tooth back in the mouth both on the top and the bottom. Depending on how impacted the tooth is and angle the tooth formed at will determine if you are a able to have it out if say a lower third molar is enveloped with the nerve. Your tooth may need to be "cut in half", bone may need to be removed or it may be as simple as other teeht. Only a consultation with x-rays will determine how difficult it will be to extract. Most wisdom teeth can be extracted under local or sedation. It depends on your anxiety level and how much you want to know what is going on. It is also best to get all 4 wisdom teethout at once and heal at one time and not have to worry about it later in life. If you decide on sedation, you will need to discusss this with the surgeon to make sure you are medically fit to go under sedation.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it common for an wisdom tooth extraction site to throb?

Is it common for an wisdom tooth extraction site to throb?

It might!: Painful throbbing is common the first 24-48 hours after the extraction without medication. Take the meds that were prescribed for you and follow the post op instructions carefully. If your extraction was done three or more days ago and still throbs, you need to contact your dentist and let them know. Infection can cause prolonged pain and needs to be seen. ...Read more

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What are common complications of a wisdom tooth extraction?

What are common complications of a wisdom tooth extraction?

See Below: There are many possible complications from a wisdom tooth extraction but I would not really call them 'common'. Mild to moderate pain and swelling are not really complications but are considered normal with certain extractions. Some complications are nerve damage, dry socket, infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: wisdom tooth extraction?

What is the definition or description of: wisdom tooth extraction?

Bye-bye wisdom teeth: This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them from the front backward. ...Read more

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What should I expect from going through with wisdom tooth extraction?

What should I expect from going through with wisdom tooth extraction?

See your dentist: Wisdom teeth can be extracted with little or no post operative complications. Pain and swelling is usually a function of the trauma from the procedure. Trauma is a function of the preoperative findings. I strongly recommend you see a qualified oral surgeon to properly evaluate and guide your treatment needs. Best of luck -. ...Read more

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What could be the thing that's smelly coming from my wisdom tooth extraction?

What could be the thing that's smelly coming from my wisdom tooth extraction?

Putrefaction: The contents of a recent tooth extraction socket is the "perfect storm" for bad smell: warmth, moisture, bacteria, and abundant fermentable organic debris, blood clot, and exuding serous exudate. Every recent extraction smells until the natural healing process allows the wound to close over, bringing resolution to the problem. ...Read more

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Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist. ...Read more

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Is IV sedation used for wisdom tooth extraction?

Sometimes: The dentist can use local anesthesia with and without sedatives. I was given oral valium for the procedure. ...Read more

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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more