Hi. I recently had two left-side molars removed; the upper & lower ones. The upper one was removed two weeks ago &, after a little bleeding, has healed fine; the gum seems to have folded over & protected it. The lower one, however, which was extracted last Wednesday, has been giving me continual pain. I've been taking about five asprin & five ibuprofen per day & this big hole has just remained sore & open. I had also been noticing a strange taste in my throat, which I thought may have been the aftertaste of the painkillers, but last night I wiped the inside of the lower tooth cavity & took out some brown, rancid-smelling blood. So, some questions:
Is an open cavity after an extraction normal?
Is pain normal a week after having teeth removed?
Should I be doing anything to remove this rotten blood?
You are in the same boat I am in and I am hating it at this point, I had my very far right molar extracted this past Friday and it is really bothering me. They had to put a couple of stitches in it. Even though I am on antibiotics I am worried about food getting lodged inside and causing a serious infection
Having dental surgeries need not be over whelming. I have found tips and tricks that have made the day easier. Surgery of any kind is not fun but if you are prepared it isn't so bad. I am not a dentist or medical professional. So remember ultimately you are to follow your Doctor's instructions first. These are ideas that that can make a big difference in being prepared.
Dental Surgery After Care
What should I expect after surgery?
Following are symptoms you can expect to experience after dental treatment under general anesthesia. You may experience:
* Slight bleeding from the mouth if teeth have been removed
* Nausea or vomiting
* Pain in the mouth, jaw or neck
* A slight rise in temperature for 24 hours
* Drowsiness for several hours after returning home
Activity and care guidelines
* Insist on rest and quiet activities for 24 hours after surgery
* Your activities needs to be monitored for the rest of the day you appear unsteady due to the medications given
* Do not allow use straws for 48 hours if he / she has teeth removed
* Brush his / her teeth the same day of surgery being careful not to touch surgical site.
* Begin diet with clear liquids such as apple juice, soft to include milk and soft foods. Keep on a soft diet for 24 hours if any tooth / teeth was / were removed.
Advance to a regular diet as tolerated.
It is very important to drink plenty of fluids.
* An acetaminophen product (Tylenol®, Panadol®) may be given every four to six hours to help relieve pain and elevated temperature. Other medications may be suggested by your doctor.
* Avoid use of aspirin and Pepto-Bismol® products.
Call the doctor
* If vomiting persists for more than four hours
* If temperature remains above 101°F (38.3°C) for over 24 hours
* If you have difficulty breathing
* If you are unable to control the pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or any other prescribed medication
* If you have any other questions or concerns
A follow-up appointment should be made as indicated by the dentist.
I am allergic to carbs: I break out in fat!
Thanks for the advice, folks. It's actually not been hurting as much since I posted that message & I've stopped taking the painkillers. Prodding around in the cavity, I don't think there's any bone exposed, but it is there is still some pain if I touch in there. Presumably, this will stop when it's fully healed, right? Just one more question while I'm at it: is the cavity supposed to fully heal over eventually?
How are you doing today. I went back to the dentist and they gave me a syringe and told me to keep the wound cleaned out by squirting salt water into it. The pain was coming from food getting in the open sore and bacteria was forming causing the discomfort. I also found that gargling with salt water a couple of times a day helps.