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Got wisdom teeth, infection. Gave antibiotics. Lump along jaw, swollen cheeks. Are the teeth infected?

so in october I got all four of my wisdom teeth removed and I got an infection from where I hadnt gotten the stitches out soon on the left side of my jaw where a lump formed. My surgeon told me to get a warm wash cloth and push everything out and gave me antibiotics . Well after everything I still had a lump along my jaw. Sn july I was feeling the bump and now.its gotten bigger and hurts for everythinh when before it would just hurt to light pressure. My cheek is a little swollen now and you can see the outline of it. I dont know whether its infected or just swollen . It feels heavy.especially when I wake up from sleeping
Asked On : Thu, 5 Jul 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello & welcome,

As you have undergone extensive procedure of wisdom teeth removal , swelling and infection are the conditions commonly associated with it after the procedure.

If there is lump present, that clearly indicates the presence of associated infection & sometimes it might become quiet painful.

Visit your dentist who removed your wisdom teeth, get clinical examination thoroughly done to diagnose any remaining suture material in the wound or presence of any type of secondary infection.

Antibiotics & Anti-inflammatory drugs are very vital in such condition to arrest the infection from spreading in surrounding tissue.

Even, if your dentist finds that the infection is severe, then Antibiotics might be needed to be administered by intra-venous rout for faster results.

Don't take these drugs without consulting your dentist as random use of the drugs may worsen the situation.

Keep your oral cavity clean as much as possible with proper use of brushing done regularly & with antiseptic mouthwash.

Avoid hot fomentation or eating hot food or drinking hot drinks like tea & coffee as heat may aggravate the swelling.

Take care.
Answered: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
according to the dental history presented by you it seems that it is a condition which requires attention of an Oral surgeon soon,
presence of a lump post extraction needs to be checked thoroughly, you have note mentioned about the nature of pain you are experiencing as well the consistency of the swelling, is it firm or soft.
therefore i would suggest you should visit a specialist and get the lump checked clinically.
start using an antibacterial mouth wash, as well as warm saline rinses, this will help relieve the pain,
also your dentist will prescribe you anti-inflammatory medication.
kindly take along all the x-rays and reports with you.
i wish you good health,
take care.
Answered: Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
I would like to tell you that wisdom teeth extraction is not a simple extraction.Its somewhat complicated surgical procedure & there are many post extraction effects that are seen like:-
-prolonged numbness due to local anaesthesia effect
-difficulty in opening mouth
You don't need to worry for any of these symptoms.
But as you described about lump, it needs to get properly ruled out.If its bleeding & troubling then better to get a biopsy done.Your complete history is required about that lump like its size, consistency, nature of bleeding.Consult your oral surgeon as soon as possible.
Take some rest & start with amoxiclav-625 twice a day along with zerodol-SP twice a day.Also take some multivitamin & antacid like rabeprazole 20 mg if acidity persists.Take all this for 5 days because ibuprofen is very mild analgesic.
Along with that start warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day & betadine gargles.

Take Care
Answered: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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