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Post Extraction Complication

If the patient follows the post-extraction instructions properly, then the chances of complications after extraction are minimal. Some of the common post-extraction complications include swelling, bleeding, dry socket, paraesthesia, osteomyelitis (bone infection), and osteonecrosis (bone death).

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I have ear pain and swollen cheek after tooth extraction. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had four wisdom teeth cut out and one permanent tooth on the 25th, three teeth on one side and two things on the other side on 28th. My left ear started to hurt and is still hurting but my right ear is not. The bottom of my cheek is sore and still a little swollen and near my teeth o...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Some throbbing pain and discomfort are normal for a week after extraction. If the pain is severe even after five days, it means you may have a dry socket condition. Also, if the ear pain is severe, you may have an active infection. Continue antibiotics. Use warm salt...  Read Full »

There is a little green thing in the hole left behind after tooth removal. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tooth removed from the back left of my mouth two weeks ago and I have been doing everything the dentist told me to do but I looked in it before and the hole is white but there is a little green thing in the shape of a square sitting on top which I think has been there since the...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When a tooth gets removed from the socket, it is kept open for healing. By the time you start eating food, it is possible that a particle of food might get stuck in the wound which is very common. And if it is painful in mouth opening, then it could be a dry socket. So,...  Read Full »

Could it be dry socket even if there is no pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I got four wisdom teeth out a week ago, and the pain has been slowly decreasing, except my jaw is still stiff and hurts a little. I looked in my mouth tonight and my bottom holes have not filled, it looks to have white/yellow stuff in it and my breath smells, no matter how many times I...  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It might be a dry socket, but usually, dry socket appears just three days after the extraction with excruciating pain and a smelly breath. If that is the case, you need to check with a local dentist stat. However, sometimes what happens is while extracting a tooth, s...  Read Full »

What are the bony fragments left after tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner had extracted a tooth today at the dentist but there are bony fragments left and he is in a lot of pain. What are the bony fragments? Are they bones of the tooth?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the bony fragments can be seen outside the wound and are painful to touch with tongue then you should go back to your dentist. Your dentist should have prescribed you painkillers and antibiotics for some relief. Do not touch the wound at all. Today definitely will...  Read Full »

I removed my buried tooth two days ago and there is still blood coming out of my mouth and I have swelling on my face. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I had surgery in my mouth to remove a buried tooth two days ago. The doctor told me to come and remove the stitches one week from now but there is still blood coming out of my mouth and I have swelling on my cheeks and part of my skin next to my lips is purple or dark blue and the insi...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your concern and understand your concern. Swelling is normal for two to three days in such surgical extraction of the impacted tooth. Continue all medicines given by your dentist. The wound on the lip may have happened while trying to remove the tooth, it is d...  Read Full »

I am planning for spinal surgery and I am concerned about my post-extraction tooth pain. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my tooth pulled out last week since it started to hurt all of a sudden. It was so painful that I could not even touch the tooth. The dentist suggested doing a root canal, but I got it extracted since I was unable to afford it. I had undergone extraction previously and the pain w...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I appreciate that you have chosen icliniq for your medical needs. From your description, it clearly seems to be an infection. But, to confirm the cause​, an X-ray of the tooth is required. There is a possibility that any root portion of the tooth might have been acci...  Read Full »

Is swollen and yellowish gum in the extraction site after two weeks normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my first molar removed nearly two weeks ago. It is healing, but I notice a yellowish color inside and my gum around the area is a little swollen. I am not in so much pain. But, it is definitely tender and I just have a slight pain in that area. It was a difficult tooth extractio...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, there seems to be a sharp, bony edge there. You need to consult the dentist and get an X-ray done. I suggest you get an osteoplasty done, where the sharp edges would be smoothened. If you do not get the bony spicule smoothened, it will still heal...  Read Full »

I got a tooth pulled and it smells. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I just had a tooth pulled. There is an unpleasant smell with a green slimy stuff in the extraction site. Is that normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms that you are explaining are probably due to infection at the extraction site or due to loss of blood clot leading to dry socket formation. You should get a clinical examination done by a dentist. If there is any infection, then cleaning the area with antise...  Read Full »

What are mandibular tori?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 64 years old, and I have extremely large, lower, bilateral, buccal exostoses in the outer area and not behind the teeth. It is present as quite a large "ledge" for all my adult life. I had the lower molar removed three months back. I have developed a spicule-type bony sharp protrusi...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good that you know about your exostosis, which is usually uncommon as a finding for many patients. The exostosis or tori are just bony outgrowths with a rare genetic cause. Unless they interfere with your daily activities like talking, chewing, or wearing dentures, ...  Read Full »

I am bleeding, four hours after a tooth extraction. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, About four hours ago, I had a tooth removed. It has started to bleed again, and I rinsed my mouth with water. I read online that you should not do that. My gum is really hurting. Am I going to be fine?  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Slight bleeding from the site of extraction is normal within 24 hours of extraction. But if bleeding is severe, you should immediately consult a dentist or go to an emergency room. As of now, you should bite on a sterile piece of gauze and apply gentle pressure, so that...  Read Full »

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