Dentists in your Area:
San Diego, 92111-3156
Distance: 1.0 Miles
San Diego, 92123
Distance: 1.2 Miles
San Diego, 92117-4951
Distance: 1.3 Miles
San Diego, 92111
Distance: 1.8 Miles
, 92123
Distance: 1.9 Miles
San Diego, 92117-5359
Distance: 2.6 Miles
San Diego, 92117-5350
Distance: 2.6 Miles
San Diego, 92109
Distance: 2.6 Miles
San Diego, 92117-5354
Distance: 2.6 Miles
San Diego, 92108-3615
Distance: 3.1 Miles
start your health research here
Search Checkdent
Search Forum

Jaw cramps/pain after wisdom tooth extraction

User Level:
Posted by: offcell  (9 years ago)
One week ago, I had a lower wisdom tooth removed which was stuck under the crown of the tooth next to it. The tooth it was stuck under has a deep cavity (about a mm left to the pulp) in the area that was between the two teeth. I am scheduled to fill it temporarily next week (and then permanently in a few months).

I am worried because most people I talk to say the pain from tooth extraction should go away quickly, while mine has not. I have no pain from the extraction site itself, but my jaw aches to the point where I use OTC pain meds to sleep, but can mostly get by without them at daytime now. It feels like there is a great deal of tension in my jaw, almost like I am having some sort of "cramps". If I massage my cheek and move my mouth around it can go away, but otherwise it turns into painful stiffness and my ear starts ringing. The pain has been slowly subsiding, but it just doesn't seem like it wants to go away fully. Is this normal?

As a secondary question, how are the odds for successfully fixing my caries-ridden tooth with filling or root canal treatment when the cavity is so deep? Since the extraction it has been sensitive to cold, but no pain. Even if the filling is successful, it will wear out after a few years, correct? So I will eventually have to pull it out too, rendering me with only one molar on that side? I've never had a single cavity in my life before, and now everything is a big nightmare :(

Thanks in advance for any replies. I would be most grateful.
User Level:
Posted by: graham19201  (9 years ago)
Hello I have been looking for information similar to yours I came across this blog which might help you and give you some information on what to do here is the address
It might help you
User Level:
It sounds like your wisdom tooth extraction site is healing up normally.
If the next tooth is only reacting to cold, and recovering within 10 seconds, then there's a good chance that a normal filling will be successful. But the real issue is how far under the gum that cavity extends. If it is only slightly under the gum, then the tooth has great chances of long-term survival, even if it needs a root canal.
But if the cavity goes down under the gum more deeply, then it's very difficult to get a filling in there that will seal the cavity properly.
If your dentist is planning to fill the tooth, then the chances are that it will be OK. He is unlikely to waste his own time trying to fix a tooth that will ultimately have to be taken out.
Richard from
Posted 9 years ago