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Undergone surgery to extract wisdom tooth. Pain in the ear while swallowing. Infection?

Hello,
I had got 2 teeth extracted 10 days ago. The wisdom teeth on the right side was below the jawline. The surgen had to open the area, cut the wisdom tooth into multiple pieces and then put stiches on it.
It's been 10 days but i still can not eat on the right side, I am able to eat light meal on the left side. Before 2 days, I have minor pain from the extraction site till ears. I have pain in ear when I try to swollow saliva. It's more painful when I clean mouth with salt water.
I am on a business travel right now and bit worried about this pain , knowing that I can not go for inspection to the surgen who had done my surgery.
Many thanks,
Prachi
Do you think it's sign of infection? Can you please advise something?
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for posting the query,

I would like to tell you that wisdom tooth extraction is not a simple procedure, its a complicated surgical procedure and often associated with post surgical complications like pain , swelling, prolonged numbness, fever, malaise, difficulty in mouth opening.
You dont worry about the symptoms as they will subside after sometimes.
Take complete rest, follow the post operative instructions given by the Dentist properly.
Take lukewarm saline gargles and antiseptic mouthwash rinses twice daily.
Maintain a good oral hygiene.

Hope this helps out.

Regards...
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sivaji Kavuri's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for posting the query,

Normally after wisdom tooth extraction some minor complications arise such as:

a.Pain
b.Swelling
c.Bleeding and oozing
d.Dry socket etc,

In your case since the tooth is embedded inside the bone,so the bone is cut out and tooth

broken into multiple pieces to take it out,so their will be slight inflamation and radiating pain

which extends until the ear.

These complications will reduce slowly and gradually come down after the use of antibiotics and

pain killers within a week or two.

Along with the use of these medicines you should try do some mouth excercises amd maintain

good oral hygiene such that it heals faster.

Hope so this helps you out,

Thank you.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for writing in.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually a difficult procedure and post-operative complications are common in such cases.
I would suggest you to take complete course of antibiotics prescribed.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Use warm saline and betadine solution to rinse the extraction socket.
Dressing the socket using ZOE/iOdoform gauze may be helpful.
Take care.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello there ,
Thanks for writing your query,

Extraction of wisdom tooth often ends with complications like pain and swelling post extraction .
usually it takes 7 to 10 days for the extraction wound to heal and close completely provided if there is no infection .

After extraction antibiotic and analgesic coverage is must to prevent infection of the extraction site and to promote healing.

i would suggest you to start with a antibiotic and analgesic course consulting your dentist , which helps in subsiding the swelling and relives post extraction pain.

follow all the post extraction instructions and rinse the mouth with lukewarm saline or antiseptic mouth rinse.

if the symptoms do not subside in few days you need to consult a dentist and get the examination done and check for dry socket.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,


Extraction of wisdom tooth often ends with complications like pain and swelling post extraction .
usually it takes 7 to 10 days for the extraction wound to heal and close completely provided if there is no infection .

After extraction antibiotic and analgesic coverage is must to prevent infection of the extraction site and to promote healing.

i would suggest you to start with a antibiotic and analgesic course consulting your dentist , which helps in subsiding the swelling and relives post extraction pain.

follow all the post extraction instructions and rinse the mouth with lukewarm saline or antiseptic mouth rinse.

if the symptoms do not subside in few days you need to consult a dentist and get the examination done and check for dry socket.


i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sushma Rajesh's  Response
Hi Prachi,



Thank you for posting your query.



I understand that you underwent an dis impaction surgery or commonly called as wisdom tooth surgery about ten days back. I hope that the tooth was removed completely. This surgery requires some bone trimming depending on how deep your tooth was inside the jaw, and/or the way it is positioned [vertical,horizontal or inclined].

As a result of this, some pain and swelling is expected. The intensity of pain and swelling varies, and itt may range from few days to few weeks.



It is difficult to say without examining if you have an infection. From what you've explained, this looks to me like a case of dry socket.



The occurrence of dry socket is common after a surgery. The symptoms are excruciating pain, swelling and sometimes even discharge from the socket. A dry socket may take a little more than normal to heal. You may need to see your dentist who may put some medicine inside the socket to promote quicker healing. Also the dentist may advise if you need any more antibiotics or a confirmation xray to check if the healing socket is okay.



If the pain doesn't subside, I recommend that you visit a dentist at the earlist. I hope that I've answered your query. Kindly let me know if you've any further queries.

Wish you good health.



Thanks,

Dr. Sushma Rajesh.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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