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Old 04-13-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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Is this abuse?

I had oral surgery about a month ago, I had all four wisdom teeth removed and that experience is already traumatizing enough when you have a practice dental assistant and a surgeon who doesn't even know the name of the his tools doing the surgery. Anyway my face started to swell like any other person, but it's been a month and I still see some of the swelling.

I made around 3 dental appointments regarding my swelling, but they keep telling me to wait a week, wait another week. I believe a normal person would have lost his swelling in 2 weeks. The last time I went they told me that it wasn't normal that I still had a bit of swelling and told me to wait 3 weeks, but my swelling has never shown signs of getting better. Will this swelling even go away? Have I been abused?

 
Old 04-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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If I were you, I would definitely be looking at going to another dentist ASAP.

 
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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If I were you, I would definitely be looking at going to another dentist ASAP.
The surgeon who operated on me wasn't my dentist. My Dentist doesn't extract wisdom teeth so I had to make an appointment some place else. I don't know what I would gain by seeing my regular Dentist.

 
Old 04-13-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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The surgeon who operated on me wasn't my dentist. My Dentist doesn't extract wisdom teeth so I had to make an appointment some place else. I don't know what I would gain by seeing my regular Dentist.
Oh okay. Well, I would still make an appointment with your regular dentist, it certainly couldn't hurt. They could at least take a look...if you had your wisdom teeth out a month ago and you still have swelling, there is obviously a problem, and you may have an infection. Were you prescribed any antibiotics or anything like that?

 
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Re: Is this abuse?

I had all 4 taken out at the same time (under general anaesthetic) and my face was swollen for a good month afterwards, it was really uncomfortable. I think the amount of swelling is probably relative to how easy they were to get out. for example all 4 of mine were either partially or fully impacted, and I know that one tooth was hard for them to get out so they had to break it into a couple of pieces to extract it. But if you still have a lot of pain or a bad taste in your mouth then get back to the doctor to check for infection. In the mean time use some ice packs on your face to help the swelling. I would expect the surgeon though to make time to see you and at least check on things if you are concerned.

 
Old 04-15-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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It was pretty hard for them to extract my wisdom teeth out especially from the side I am still swollen from. Maybe It's because of that I am still swollen (Although I still would like to see some sign of improvement!).

Do you really think that ice packs would work on my face? I thought that heat packs were good for swelling?

 
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Do you really think that ice packs would work on my face? I thought that heat packs were good for swelling?
heat does nothing for swelling, you need to use ice packs

 
Old 04-17-2012, 07:10 PM   #8
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Really?!?! I thought that the heat causes the swelling to go away faster because heat causes molecules to move faster.

 
Old 04-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #9
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ALWAYS use ice for swelling....

 
Old 04-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #10
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Wow, and I thought the ice was only to numb the pain.

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