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Are these normal after tooth extraction?

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Posted by: NeatPete  (6 years ago)
I had "wisdom tooth horizontally impacted extraction" 3 days ago. It took 30 minutes, there had to be a lot of pulling, drilling, sawing. That tooth was a hard case. Now my cheek has swollen and half of my jaw hurts. I wonder is this a dry socket as I've smoked a cig right after the extraction and in these 3 days I've smoked like 3 packs or is this pain because that place where this tooth was has been masssacred by scalpel, saws, drills and other tools?
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I had "wisdom tooth horizontally impacted extraction" 3 days ago. It took 30 minutes, there had to be a lot of pulling, drilling, sawing. That tooth was a hard case. Now my cheek has swollen and half of my jaw hurts. I wonder is this a dry socket as I've smoked a cig right after the extraction and in these 3 days I've smoked like 3 packs or is this pain because that place where this tooth was has been masssacred by scalpel, saws, drills and other tools?

What is that supposed to be a picture of?

If you smoked that much, I would be amazed if you DID NOT have a dry socket. Doubtless you were warned. So why did you do it? So now you probably have a dry socket ON TOP OF the substantial post-op symptoms normally encountered after a difficult extraction.

Best return to the surgeon for a post-op.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: NeatPete  (6 years ago)
Ups.. So, there can be worse post-op symptoms?? Actually, I wasn't warned but when I've asked main surgeon after the extraction if anything could've happened if I smoke a cigarette one hour after the extraction, he answered "Anything. I don't know. You can try.". Thank You very much for the answer, I'm gonna go see him.
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Hi,
I hope you feel better now after your extraction.
After lower wisdom teeth extractions it is not unusual to have some sensitivity and swollen tissues in the extraction area and difficulty when you try opening your mouth.
If you are a smoker we recommend to stay away from smoking for about 3-5 days after the procedure to reduce the risk of "dry socket".
Good luck, Mina Levi DDS
Posted 6 years ago
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hi
smoking is the main cause of dry socket.Smoking can interfere with the healing process, and also the sucking motion could dislodge the blood clot.A dry socket occurs when the blood clot for healing becomes dislodged. In that case, the bone and fine nerve endings are not protected and exposed to air, food, and liquids. Dry socket delays the healing process and can be very painful.So avoid smoking & alcohol for as long as possible after the tooth extraction.
the simpletooth
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Posted 6 years ago
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