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Odd pain after wisdom tooth removal

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Posted by: halessky  (9 years ago)
I had my lower left wisdom tooth removed exactly 8 days ago. Before the surgery I was doing a lot of clenching and grinding of my teeth because of the pain. Now when I bite down my lower row of teeth and upper row of teeth on the left side hurt when they meet and also it feels a bit gummy? that's the best word i can use to describe it. it feels like they dont match up like they did before. is this just an after effect of the surgery? or something i should be worried about?
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I had my lower left wisdom tooth removed exactly 8 days ago. Before the surgery I was doing a lot of clenching and grinding of my teeth because of the pain. Now when I bite down my lower row of teeth and upper row of teeth on the left side hurt when they meet and also it feels a bit gummy? that's the best word i can use to describe it. it feels like they dont match up like they did before. is this just an after effect of the surgery? or something i should be worried about?

The most likely explanation is the extraction caused muscle spasm which make you bite different. Often this happens as a result of injections deep in the muscle which are necessary to numb the area.

Contact the treating dentist. Most likely he will tell you to use hot compresses, massage, and possibly prescribe a muscle relaxant.

It is very, very, rare that extractions can cause a dislocation of the jaw joint, but it is possible. Investigate the muscle spasm possibility first.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: jimhassel  (9 years ago)
Hello halessky, I had my wisdom tooth extracted a few years back and faced that "gummy" situation just like you did. This is because when the tooth is extracted the surrounding gums are gathered and sewed together which remains swollen for some time. But gradually it would settle down.
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