I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted under general anesthesia on Friday. They were all impacted and had not surfaced through the gums. When I got home on Friday all I wanted to do was sleep. On Saturday I was pretty sore and VERY swollen but the pain was very manageable with the pain meds. On Sunday, as I was told, the swelling reached it's peak but again the pain was nothing that the medications couldn't control. I am an elementary school teacher so I took Monday off from work. I have been doing warm salt water rinses throughout the day and rinsing with the rx rinse three times a day.
Everything seems to be healing fine EXCEPT for the fact that I cannot open my mouth without having a horrible pain in my jaw. I can get it open wide enough to fit one finger in between my top and bottom row of teeth. I keep biting the sides of my cheeks and they feel like raw skin at this point. I have called the oral surgeon's office and was told to apply moist heat to the jaw joint, massage it, and push myself to open my jaw a little wider and wider. I spent the whole day trying to do this yesterday and I felt like I was tearing every ligament in my jaw as I tried to open it. This morning when I woke up the pain in my jaw was even worse. I haven't been able to eat anything other than soup, yogurt, and plain ice cream for the last 5 days. Is this normal? I don't feel pain where they took out the teeth...all the pain is coming from my jaw and my cheeks from where I have been accidentally biting them. When can I expect to feel better???