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Lump in my mouth

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Posted by: bigmolar  (9 years ago)
Dear all,

Three weeks ago, I went to the dentist due to pain in the lower left side of my mouth. He said my wisdom tooth on that side was impacted and infected. He put me on antibiotics then asked me to come back after a week for extraction.
I had the extraction two weeks ago. It was a difficult one. The dentist struggled for two hours to remove the tooth. Three days after the extraction, I noticed a lump just past my gum line going into my throat. It hurts when my tongue rubs against it. The lump grew bigger and it is now the size of a nickel. It’s too painful to eat. The left side of my tongue is numb. Does anyone know what could this be and what is causing it? The extraction site does not hurt and the gum has already healed. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello,
I am a little nervous about the lump that extends towards your throat. The danger is in compromising your airways. Please visit your dentist for follow up. Perhaps you have developed a chronic infection post extraction.

The numbness on the lateral side of your tongue may be caused by damage to the lingual nerve post extraction. Did the dentist mention anything about the impacted tooth's proximity to the nerve? Numbness may resolve over time.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)

Three weeks ago, I went to the dentist due to pain in the lower left side of my mouth. He said my wisdom tooth on that side was impacted and infected. He put me on antibiotics then asked me to come back after a week for extraction.
I had the extraction two weeks ago. It was a difficult one. The dentist struggled for two hours to remove the tooth. Three days after the extraction, I noticed a lump just past my gum line going into my throat. It hurts when my tongue rubs against it. The lump grew bigger and it is now the size of a nickel. It’s too painful to eat.


Well, all that excess work spent on your extraction must have taken a toll on your alveolar bone and tissues. Inexperience, poor accessibility (extraction sites on the left are generally difficult for right-handed dentists), size of tooth and mouth are all additional factors that could usually complicate this further. You have nothing to worry though. The lump is just your soft tissue providing cover for the bone underneath to repair itself. Give it a week or two and it should subside on its own. I'd recommend you continue using anti-inflammatory drugs, ice packs and a soft diet for a while.

The left side of my tongue is numb. Does anyone know what could this be and what is causing it? The extraction site does not hurt and the gum has already healed. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.


Sounds like your lingual nerve could be injured. It's a common complication with extracting lower wisdom teeth. It should normally heal on its own and that's usually anywhere from weeks to months. Take care!

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