Oral Health

Posted by: Thato | 2009-05-28


Discomfort Wisdom teeth

Hi Doc

Hope you can help. I had all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth surgically removed. I followed my Maxilo' s orders and healed well. I went back to her for a check up 3 days post the operation as i was leaving town and that was the only time i could see her. She informed me that i am healing well and should still continue with the warm salt water and gargle instructions she gave. I did exactly that after every meal and now and again. The sticthes started to fall off and i am now healed completely and no longer in pain. My only problem is my jaw and teeth tend to hurt and be discomforted when ever i wake up. They feel heavy and it often feels like my like my jaw is out of place. When i wake up my teeth would have clinched together the whole night and i wake up in pain from the hard pressure of the clinching. Is this suppose to happen. Often to stop this from happening i started biting my tongue on the sides when i sleep so that i leave space between my teeth to avoid them clinching. This has now resulted in my tongue being painful and i have stopped.

Basically my question is, is it possible for teeth to shift after wisdom teeth have been moved and i have noticed my upper teeth are now protruding more forward than my lower teeth when i close my mouth. This is however not visible but i feel a difference from the time i still had my wisdom teeth. And again is what i am feeling normal or should i go to a dentist. I cannot go back to the same maxillo who perfomed the surgey on me as i have now moved to a different town. Please help.


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Oral health expert

It is possible for the teeth to move after wisdom removal- but this will take a very long time.
I would suggest seeing a dentist first. Clenching the teeth may require the construction of a bite plate.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-28

Thanks Doc

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