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Removed wisdom tooth, knot in cheek, smells bad, painful. Is it an infection?

I had my wisdom teeth taken out 6 days ago. Now I have a knot in my cheek along my buttom jaw, like a rock and it had drainage that smelled and tasted horrible. I went back to my oral surgeon and he said it wasn t infected and then packed it. I still feel like it s leaking and it s incredibly painful. I m not really sure what I should do.
Asked On : Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon 's  Response
Residual drainage can occur for a few days after extraction of the wisdom teeth because the extraction can be a bit different from the other teeth. When the drainage accumulates, it subsequently is invaded by the bacteria giving rise to the horrible smell. This is not infection and usually does not require antibiotics. The cavity that is present would decrease in size with packing so also the drainage. However, there can be quite a bit of pain and swelling till about 2 weeks after extraction and especially following packing but this would also subsequently come down if there is no infection.
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
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Wisdom tooth extraction is complicated surgical procedure & takes some more time in healing as compared to normal extraction.Drainage that you are getting might be due to some residual abscess & on decay it might lead to foul smell.Pain & swelling are common symptoms seen after extraction.You needn't worry about that because it will resolve within 10 days.
You need to do betadine gargles thrice a day & take prescribed medicines.
Consult your dentist for further query.

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Answered: Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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