Infection After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Infection after wisdom teeth extraction can occur in your gums where your wisdom teeth were contained prior to being extracted.

Infection with fever

Signs of Infection after wisdom teeth removal

There are a number of signs that your wound may have become infected. If you suspect that you have an infection you should consult with your dentist.

Fever after wisdom teeth extraction

One of the most common signs that you have an infection is that you may be running a fever.You can tell if you have a fever by using a thermometer and measuring your temperature.
The normal body temperature for a person is between 36.5–37.5 °C (98–100 °F).

Any patients who experience a fever after wisdom teeth removal should contact their dentist or doctor to seek advice.

 

Pain after wisdom teeth extraction

Pain after wisdom teeth extraction is normal for almost everyone that goes through with a wisdom tooth extraction.
Please read about Pain After Wisdom Teeth Removal.

If you feel that the pain is more severe than it was or it is getting worse and not better, then you may be suffering from an infection in the gum.

Note: Immediately following your extraction the pain will get worse as your anesthetic wears off.

 

Swelling after wisdom teeth extraction

Swelling after wisdom teeth removal is a common occurrence which will normally disappear with time as the body heals itself.
Please read about Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal.

If swelling continues for an extended period of time and appears to get worse rather than better, you may be suffering from an infection.

 

Tenderness after wisdom teeth extraction

It is common for people to experience tenderness around the extraction site. Tenderness on its own may not mean that you have an infection in your gums, it might just be from the wisdom teeth extraction surgery.


Discharge after wisdom teeth extraction

It is possible that you can have a discharge at the site of the infection. The discharge will be yellow or white in color and may start to seep out of your gums and into your mouth. This will normally taste salty and smell bad.

If there is discharge then you need to contact your doctor or dentist immediately as in some severe cases the areas in and around the discharge will need to be drained.

 

Bad Taste after wisdom teeth extraction

A bad taste after wisdom teeth removal is most likely related to discharge entering your mouth. It will likely taste salty and can cause bad breath.

See Discharge above.

 

Treatment of Infection after wisdom teeth extraction

Most commonly an infection in the gum will be treated with antibiotics and pain / inflammation medication.

 

How to Prevent Infection after wisdom teeth extraction

The best way to avoid infection after wisdom teeth removal is to complete a prescription of antibiotics that is issued by the dentist.
Avoid touching the site of the extraction with your tongue as this may spread the infection or introduce objects into the wound.
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