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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Swollen Tonsil
Swollen gums and pain 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction, should I be worried or wait a few more days to see if pain lessens?
Better or worse?: Typically after surgery, the surgical pain lasts a few days then it progressively gets better. The trend is to have less and less discomfort from decreasing pain and swelling ; be able to open and use jaw for chewing more. If the swelling/pain is getting worse, it is advisable to see your doctor. If there is discharge, abscess, or redness occurring, you should have it evaluated asap. ...Read more
Is it normal for your check/ jaw to still be swollen 5 days after wisdom tooth extraction? I am on pen vk 500
Yes: Depending on the level of difficulty in removing the teeth, the swelling may take awhile to go down. Be sure to follow the surgeons instructions. If you have any concerns, you need to contact their office. ...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
Gland Swelling?: After extractions swelling is normal in many areas of the mouth. Glands, muscles, joint area, and tongue have all been known to swell. If the swelling persists past 7 days or is painful on light pressure after 4 days, it is recommended that you return to your surgeon for an evaluation of the area. ...Read more
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
It's been 5 days since lower wisdom tooth extraction and I am still having difficulty opening my mouth fully. Is this normal?
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
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
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
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
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
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
I have a vile taste in my mouth 11 days after a quadruple wisdom tooth extraction and a week after being treated for dry sockets. It is not improving.?
Infection?: Sounds like you may still have a dry socket or other infection. Please return to the oral surgeon asap. ...Read more
How long after wisdom tooth extraction can I gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?
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
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
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
Why after 3 weeks am I still have sharp pain, swelling, and blisters forming in my mouth and jaw from wisdom tooth extraction?
See dentist: Could be root piece remaining or just the sharp bony spicule. Your dentist can take xray and eval and treat the same.. ...Read more
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?
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?
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
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
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
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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