| | Terrible, Throbbing Jaw and Chin Pain 3 weeks after Wisdom Tooth Extraction. Help! :(
Hi, I am looking for some answers, and thought maybe posting in these forums might be a good start. I had my lower 2 wisdom teeth extracted on May 19th of this year. I am 32 years old, a non smoker, and I followed pretty much all the post op instructions to a T. About two weeks ago, when the jaw numbness that I experienced wore off, I discovered that my chin and jaw were in excruciating pain. I went back to the doctor and he told me I had dry socket and put some sort of packing in. He did this 2 times and told me to take advil. I've been keeping it really clean, but I'm still in extreme pain. The pain is not in the socket, it's in the chin, lip, etc. I cannot sing, I can barely talk without being in terrible pain. If I try to make an OOO mouth, it feels like someone is ripping my muscle out of my face. It hurts worse when I'm sitting and lying down and it is EXCRUCIATING when I'm in the car for some reason. My massage therapist says that it's still swollen.
I've had an X-ray just a week ago, would infections and stuff show up on that? The doctor said there's nothing really wrong on the x-ray and he's not sure why I am in that sort of pain. He says he thinks it will get better with the advil, but I"m not too keen on taking this strong a dose of advil for such a long time. My stomach's not great to begin with.
Anyway, i also bit my lip repeatedly when it was still numb, could this have something to do with it?
I guess I'm really looking for an ETA on when I can expect this to start to heal, and I'm looking to find out if it's going to heal on its own or if it's something I've got to go back and harass my doctor about. I was there 3 times last week, so he's definitely taking this seriously. He seems to feel that it's just going to go away on its own, but it hasn't really improved much since Memorial Day.
Any help that anyone can give me would be most appreciated. I'd do anything just to be able to sleep at night.
ps - this does not feel like TMJ, either. I had TMJ, that's why I got my teeth out. The TMJ seems to have actually cured itself because of the surgery.