Q. What is the reason for difficulty in mouth opening after wisdom tooth removal?

Answered by
Dr. Purva Jingar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 31, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 09, 2021

Hi doctor,

Eight days ago, my top right wisdom tooth was removed. Now, I am struggling to open my mouth or jaw. I can talk, but eating is difficult. When I went back to the dentist, he said there was a little hole in the extraction site and filled it with a paste. He also gave me antibiotics. The paste fell out within about 4 hours. Will it still be fine? Will this be the reason for my difficulty in opening mouth?



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  • If you cannot eat, then it is not a good sign. You need to ask your doctor to take an x-ray of the socket once.
  • Also, there may be chances that the anesthesia is still working in the mouth and that is why you cannot open mouth. Do little exercise to open mouth.
  • Make balloon face twice or thrice a day for a few minutes whenever you are free. Also, put your index and middle finger between the teeth and then separate them to open mouth more efficiently.
  • Use salt and warm water to gargle and mouthwash. Also, visit the dentist to get proper instructions to use the paste. It will help you.
  • You will be fine in a few days, and there is no need to worry. These things happen to many people. Just take care of your eating habits and do not speak much for good.

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