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Had molar extraction done, swollen, pain. What to do?

I just had a molar extration done wendsday and my last molar on my right side is swollen and its been like that sinse Thursday and I have pain if I touch the gum it dos not hurt but I just have pain the doctor say it may be a dry socket he put some medicine on the extracted molar yesterday and I also have fever I don t know if I have a infection or not he took a X-ray and he say that the swollen molar is fine can u please help me I don t know what to do
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Persistent post extraction swelling or development of swelling several days after tooth extraction surgery is usually due to infections. Swelling due to infections can be distinguished from post-operative swelling by:
1.There is increased skin temperature in case of swelling due to infections.
2.Greater redness of the overlying tissues occurs in them.
3.Patient may be suffering from fever in case of infections

In case of swelling which occurs due to infections, external hot moist packs are given for 30 minutes every hour. The patient should do warm isotonic saline mouth rinses every 3-4 hours. Antibiotics are given to treat the infection. If pus develops due to infection, then the area is incised and is drained
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.
The amount of swelling and pain varies from patient to patient. Most patients have "some" swelling that last three or four days. You should be taking Motrin or Advil to reduce the inflammation, along with your prescribed pain and antibiotic medications. This medication will work to reduce the swelling and alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing.
If you continue to have more swelling or increased pain develops, it would be advisable to contact your dentist so he may evaluate these areas. It‘s possible that a particle of food may have lodged in a socket and needs to be flushed out.
Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello there ,

Pain , swelling and discomfort post extraction indicate presence of infection of the socket due to poor oral hygiene or bacterial invasion.

Pain and swelling is also caused due to dry socket which is painful condition of the extraction socket caused due to dislodgement of the blood clot from the extraction socket which exposes the alveolar bone to oral environment and delays the healing .

Dry socket can be treated by curretting the socket to remove the irritants and induce fresh bleeding to form blood clot which initiates the healing process.

zinc oxide eugenol pack is applied as a dressing over the extraction socket which is replaced every 2 to 3 days till the symptoms subside .

this treatment will definately make you feel better .

take care.
Answered: Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
hi ,
thanks for asking yhe query,
if pain persist in your extracted molar it may be a sign of dry socket i. this occurs as blood clot gets disloged from socket and the bone gets exposed to air it may also be associated with bad breath
for pain , you can take any non steriodal anti inflammatory drug like ibuprofen
Your dentist can even clean the socket and remove the debris and place a dressing to promote healing , you probably have to come back to dentist to change dressing at intervals.
At home you can rinse mouth with salt water and mouthwash and maintain good oral hygeine
your dry socket will take time upto two weeks to heal.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
hello and welcome,

THE pain and swelling following teeth extraction usually occurs.
I would advice you to take frequent warm saline gargle.

betadine rinse may help you out.

Maintain good oral hygiene and prevent accumulation of food debris at the extraction socket.
take complete rest and avoid stress for a minimum of 7 days.
antibiotics complete course has to be taken.
take care
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
Wisdom teeth that are painful are often infected. Removing these teeth can alleviate the infection, and subsequently, the pain. Over-the-counter analgesics are common for treatment of wisdom tooth pain.
Chewing garlic or onions is thought to be good for teeth.
Clove oil can be applied to the painful wisdom tooth and surrounding gum area.
The gentle massaging of the cheek and the application of ice to the jaw can also help manage wisdom tooth pain. Application of ice directly to the painful wisdom tooth is not recommended.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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