Oral Health

Posted by: kimy | 2009-04-16


still paining after removed wisdom tooth

dear doc

i had my lower wisdom tooth extracted at the dentist yesterday (it was rotting).....i' ve been experiencing numb pain around my left ear and jaw whenever the Ibuprofen wears off...u' d swear i still had that painful tooth in my mouth!

i had my upper wisdom tooth removed a few yrs ago but I was good within a few hours...

is this pain normal...when will it be better...? after how long do u suggest i have the pain checked out...


Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

It is normal to feel discomfort after a wisdom extraction.this lasts for +/-3 days.If you still experiencing pain thereafter, you need to see your dentist.
With a lower wisdom, it is slightly different compared to the upper.The inferior alveolar nerve lies in a canal below the roots of the lower teeth.Sometimes if the roots lie very close to the nerve, the nerve may get injured during the extraction.Then you may experience numbness on that side of the face.This lasts temporarily.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-10

Dear Doctor

My upper left wisdom is starting to pop out. It is very sore. The dentist had a look at it -done an x-ray and advised me that he can extract it without having to go to theatre. Friends advised me that I should have it removed at theatre. I am very concerned. What should I do

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