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. .

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Is dry socket following a wisdom tooth extraction something that I can absolutely avoid? I'm going to have my wisdom teeth pulled soon, and know about dry socket. Is there some bad luck involved in getting it, or if I do everything right, can I avoid it?

This . This question is asked numerous times, and the answer is the same: you can minimized your chances of getting a dry socket, but I do not believe there is a 100% fool proof, guaranteed way for you to avoid it. It is a complication of extracting teeth. Control the bleeding after the extraction by biting on gauze to let the blood clot form in the socket. Then, do not rinse or gargle for 24 hours. If you need to spit out, spit out gently and avoid opening wide (you can pull out the stitches, opening the wound). Eat soft foods, small bites. Have your dentist/surgeon guide you, and you should be fine. Read more...
Dry Socket. It's not bad luck, it's alveolar osteitis, or inflammation of the bone in the tooth socket, and it's painful but can generally be avoided. Follow your oral surgeon's instructions: don't smoke, avoid carbonated beverages and straws, or anything that might disturb wound healing. If you do get a dry socket, it can predictably be treated and the pain relieved. Follow instructions and you'll do fine. 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?

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...

What to use to clean infected wisdom tooth extraction site?

Not your job. Don't clean the extractin site. The healing tissue cannot be disturbed otherwise you will get a painful dry socket. It most likely is not infected - even though you think it is, you do not know what to look for. Only if the dentist determines there is infection in the area, then he will give you an antibiotic to take. Do not make assumptions about what you see. - dentist needs to see. Read more...
Infected? Whether infected or a dry socket, seek the care of a dentist asap. Normal healing sockets should not be disturbed and may appear whitish, almost like oatmeal. 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?

Probably. What you describe sounds very common and within normal . Take the pain meds the dentist gave you and GENTLY keep it rinsed with warm salt water. Be careful not to chew on it and hopefully you are on the verge of recovery and healing. Read more...
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...