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Difficulty in opening mouth, stabbing jaw pain extending to ear, neck tension post wisdom tooth extraction. Cause?

I had three wisdom teeth extracted alittle over a week ago. And it hurts to open my mouth and on my lower left side of my mouth i have stabbing aching pain in my jaw that goes up into my ear and also is causing me to have tension in my neck. Pain meds are not helping they just make me sleepy but the pain stays. I went back to the dentist to have them look at it and they took an xray of my lower left side where they extracted the tooth and they said that it doesn t look like i have a infection or dry socket. So what could be causing such horrible pain in my jaw?
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon 's  Response
It is normal to experience severe pain even after a couple of days of surgery. Sometimes, one has to take off a bit of bone during extraction of the tooth because the tooth can be impacted and deep seated within the jaw. In these cases, there can be severe pain especially with chewing. Go on taking the analgesics on a regular basis, the pain would take some time in coming down in intensity. If there is no other problem like infection then there is no need for worry.
Answered: Thu, 13 Dec 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.
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 24 hrs after extraction.This will help in healing.
Consult your dentist if problem persist.

Take Care
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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