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Old 11-25-2011, 03:36 PM #1
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I had my wisdom tooth extracted 3.5 weeks ago. It was a simple extraction since the tooth was already in, crooked but in. The extraction took less than 1 minute...the tooth was loosened and it basically fell out. I never had to take a pain pill, but did have mild discomfort on/off. I went back 10 days later and the dentist said it is healing fine. My question is this: Why do I still have some mild "pressure" or discomfort in that area? The couple of teeth in front of the extraction site feel "sore" as well some times on/off. Nothing that I need to take a pain pill for but everyone I talk to say that I should be healed by now. I am 40 years old and never have had dental pain but am very sensitive to meds and pain. I went for a check up at reg MD and he said no fever ad extraction site looks like it is healing, even though there is still a pink "hole" there. Why do I still feel like there is "something" back there and why is this taking so long....or isnt it? Am I just impatient? I am doing salt water rinses still after every meal and snack and dont smoke. Can anyone advise? I am so scared of infection!! THANK YOU!!
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Hi Kris,

The wound from a simple wisdom tooth extraction can take several weeks to heal closed. The bone actually takes up to a year to fill in completely.

It would not be uncommon to have some on/off discomfort/pressure in that area as well as in the teeth/jaw in front of the extraction because that entire area shares the same bundle of nerves.

If you develop an unusual breath odor and/or a fever, or any swelling, then another visit to the dentist would be advisable. If none of those things occur, then to rest your concerns in about 3 months from the date of the extraction, you could visit the dentist for an xray of that area to see how it is healing.

It is wise to continue to rinse with warm salt water after your meals until the surgical hole closes over completely. However, only use a small amount of salt (like a pinch) to a 3 oz size bathroom cup. Also, avoid using any mouthwash that contains alcohol because the alcohol may prevent the surgical wound from healing closed and it will reduce the salivary flow which is imperative for healing purposes.

Hope this info helps.

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I had my wisdom tooth extracted 3.5 weeks ago. It was a simple extraction since the tooth was already in, crooked but in. The extraction took less than 1 minute...the tooth was loosened and it basically fell out. I never had to take a pain pill, but did have mild discomfort on/off. I went back 10 days later and the dentist said it is healing fine. My question is this: Why do I still have some mild "pressure" or discomfort in that area? The couple of teeth in front of the extraction site feel "sore" as well some times on/off. Nothing that I need to take a pain pill for but everyone I talk to say that I should be healed by now. I am 40 years old and never have had dental pain but am very sensitive to meds and pain. I went for a check up at reg MD and he said no fever ad extraction site looks like it is healing, even though there is still a pink "hole" there. Why do I still feel like there is "something" back there and why is this taking so long....or isnt it? Am I just impatient? I am doing salt water rinses still after every meal and snack and dont smoke. Can anyone advise? I am so scared of infection!! THANK YOU!!
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Hi Kris,

The wound from a simple wisdom tooth extraction can take several weeks to heal closed. The bone actually takes up to a year to fill in completely.

It would not be uncommon to have some on/off discomfort/pressure in that area as well as in the teeth/jaw in front of the extraction because that entire area shares the same bundle of nerves.

If you develop an unusual breath odor and/or a fever, or any swelling, then another visit to the dentist would be advisable. If none of those things occur, then to rest your concerns in about 3 months from the date of the extraction, you could visit the dentist for an xray of that area to see how it is healing.

It is wise to continue to rinse with warm salt water after your meals until the surgical hole closes over completely. However, only use a small amount of salt (like a pinch) to a 3 oz size bathroom cup. Also, avoid using any mouthwash that contains alcohol because the alcohol may prevent the surgical wound from healing closed and it will reduce the salivary flow which is imperative for healing purposes.

Hope this info helps.

Bryanna
THANKS Bryanna!!!! I am a bit paranoid and it just "seems" to be taking longer than all the "stories" I hear so I was getting worried. I will only do a pinch of salt...I was doing WAY too much I think. Thanks for that bit of advice. The MD did say he could write me a script for a medicated mouthwash....started with a C, I think.....does that sound necessary??
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Hi,

The rx mouthwash that you are probably referring to is called Chlorhexidine. No, this rinse is not necessary. The salt water is the best rinse solution you can use and there is no risk of any irritation or allergy like the medicated rinse.

Hope this helps..... have a good weekend!

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THANKS Bryanna!!!! I am a bit paranoid and it just "seems" to be taking longer than all the "stories" I hear so I was getting worried. I will only do a pinch of salt...I was doing WAY too much I think. Thanks for that bit of advice. The MD did say he could write me a script for a medicated mouthwash....started with a C, I think.....does that sound necessary??
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