Q. I am not able to open mouth wide after wisdom tooth removal. Why?

Answered by Dr. Tooba Qazi and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hello doctor,

I just got my wisdom teeth pulled out. All four of them. I cannot open my mouth all the way to even stick my toothbrush to brush my teeth. What should I do? I got them pulled a few days back and just been brushing the front and sides of my teeth and using a Qtip to wash the back teeth. Another concern I have is that my back teeth have white pus on the top of them. I believe it is the scab from the extraction, it is on my other teeth and I am worried should I try ripping them off. I do not want to hurt myself though or should I just leave it alone? Will it cause any problem like make bacteria grow? Should I try rinsing my mouth out with salt until I can properly brush my teeth?

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Dr. Tooba Qazi


Welcome to icliniq.com.

That is perfect you got rid of all your wisdom teeth at once. Now you are facing some temporary postoperative difficulties that will end soon and you will be relieved. It will take most likely a week to open your mouth properly, so it is fine if you cannot brush teeth at back. After a few days, you will be able to do the proper cleaning. Regarding the white scab, it is the dead tissue formed that is not much harmful, it will shred away itself during this phase of healing if you are doing your rinses properly. Take a cup of lukewarm water and add 1/4th teaspoon of salt in it and do its mouth rinses five times a day. It is mandatory for two weeks. If you will skip it then some re-infection in the bone can happen which is very painful. So, it is better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully, everything will be good soon.

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