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Is it normal to have swelling five days after undergoing multiple tooth extractions?

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Published At November 26, 2022
Reviewed AtNovember 29, 2022

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Five days ago, I had 11 teeth extracted. I had an area in my mouth that occasionally would swell up right behind my upper front teeth when they were in. Now that they are removed, I have constant swelling in that area. I have tried ice directly on it and tried it from the outside, but the swelling stayed. I also use warm water and salt, letting it sit on the area for a minute, with a full glass every two hours. I took pictures to see the spot I was talking about. I also have jaw joint pain and use ice for it. I am taking Morphine, Lagaflex, Gabapentin, Xanor, Advair, Albuterol, Nasatapp, and Kastair. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

It seems you have stitches at the sites (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity), which may have to be removed in a day or two.

I suggest you use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. It will take nearly two weeks for the complete healing of the area. However, the swelling will go away soon. Just keep using saline gargle and massage after the stitches are removed. The pain will also go away in a few days. It is best to take good nutritious food with more calcium.

I hope you find it helpful.

Kind regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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