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Bad taste from the extraction site

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Posted by: Teddybear  (2 years ago)

Hello!

I had a wisdom tooth extracted two days ago. It was on the upper left side. Today, I noticed a bad taste in my mouth. When I changed the gauze, it was yellowish in color. Could this be pus? I feel like the socket is throbbing. I’ve read that dry socket pain is unbearable so I’m guessing this is not dry socket. Any idea what could this be? Thanks in advance.
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Hello!

I had a wisdom tooth extracted two days ago. It was on the upper left side. Today, I noticed a bad taste in my mouth. When I changed the gauze, it was yellowish in color. Could this be pus? I feel like the socket is throbbing. I’ve read that dry socket pain is unbearable so I’m guessing this is not dry socket. Any idea what could this be? Thanks in advance.


Dry sockets do not have pus in them. It is rare to have dry sockets on upper wisdom tooth extraction, but they can happen, especially on smokers. Have whoever removed the tooth check it out.
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Posted by: ghnane  (2 years ago)

Hello!

I had a wisdom tooth extracted two days ago. It was on the upper left side. Today, I noticed a bad taste in my mouth. When I changed the gauze, it was yellowish in color. Could this be pus? I feel like the socket is throbbing. I’ve read that dry socket pain is unbearable so I’m guessing this is not dry socket. Any idea what could this be? Thanks in advance.


Hello. With an active wound healing and recruiting inflammatory mediators to clear and maintain the site for healing it is common to experience the bad taste. Pus is dead neutrophils that swallow bacteria. Make sure to rinse your mouth with mouth rinse and maintain good oral health until the extraction site is healed.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (2 years ago)
Hey Teddybear,

Assuming you followed your dentist's post-extraction instructions, the bad taste and yellow gauze could most likely be due to poor oral hygiene or stagnation of saliva/food. Maybe it's time you changed the gauze for a new one. In any case, make sure a clot is formed and visit your dentist to rule out an infection. Meanwhile, use warm salt-water rinses and see how it goes.

Be well!
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