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Ripped off jaw tendon??

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Posted by: TheUnknown  (9 years ago)
Hello,

I had all four wisdom teeth removed six days ago. They had not surfaced through the gums. The extraction sites are still aching up to this day. I also get nasty taste from the socket on the upper right side. It tastes like salty metallic. When I poked it with finger, I noticed an awful smell. Is this a sign of an infection?

I also can’t open my mouth to fit one finger in between my top and bottom teeth. The oral surgeon told me to use heating pad on the jaw joint and stretch it out a little wider and wider. I’ve done this but it has become more painful. I felt like every ligament in my jaw was being torn. As a result, my face had become worse. Is it possible that my jaw tendon was ripped off? When can I expect to feel better? Thanks so much for your time.
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Hello,

I had all four wisdom teeth removed six days ago. They had not surfaced through the gums. The extraction sites are still aching up to this day. I also get nasty taste from the socket on the upper right side. It tastes like salty metallic. When I poked it with finger, I noticed an awful smell. Is this a sign of an infection?

I also can’t open my mouth to fit one finger in between my top and bottom teeth. The oral surgeon told me to use heating pad on the jaw joint and stretch it out a little wider and wider. I’ve done this but it has become more painful. I felt like every ligament in my jaw was being torn. As a result, my face had become worse. Is it possible that my jaw tendon was ripped off? When can I expect to feel better? Thanks so much for your time.


No, it is more likely your jaw muscles have gone into spasm either because of the trauma, the injections, or a post-op infection. You MUST try to increase opening every day, as painful as it is. A physical therapist may be necessary.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello,

I had all four wisdom teeth removed six days ago. They had not surfaced through the gums. The extraction sites are still aching up to this day. I also get nasty taste from the socket on the upper right side. It tastes like salty metallic. When I poked it with finger, I noticed an awful smell. Is this a sign of an infection?

I also can’t open my mouth to fit one finger in between my top and bottom teeth. The oral surgeon told me to use heating pad on the jaw joint and stretch it out a little wider and wider. I’ve done this but it has become more painful. I felt like every ligament in my jaw was being torn. As a result, my face had become worse. Is it possible that my jaw tendon was ripped off? When can I expect to feel better? Thanks so much for your time.


The bad taste is normal due to having four open wounds that are healing. To avoid the taste you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash often. Your TMJ shouldn't have been harmed. Eventually you should gain normal function back.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)

I had all four wisdom teeth removed six days ago. They had not surfaced through the gums. The extraction sites are still aching up to this day. I also get nasty taste from the socket on the upper right side. It tastes like salty metallic. When I poked it with finger, I noticed an awful smell. Is this a sign of an infection?


The salty metallic taste would most definitely be the blood (metallic = iron) that is oozing out of the extraction site. And the awful smell, well that is pretty common too because it could either be an infection or just poor oral hygiene.

I also can’t open my mouth to fit one finger in between my top and bottom teeth. The oral surgeon told me to use heating pad on the jaw joint and stretch it out a little wider and wider. I’ve done this but it has become more painful. I felt like every ligament in my jaw was being torn. As a result, my face had become worse. Is it possible that my jaw tendon was ripped off? When can I expect to feel better? Thanks so much for your time.


Trismus (limited opening of mouth) is a common complication too. Relax, your jaw muscles must be just sore from all the extraction work that was performed. The infection could prolong your healing time but I'd suggest you give it a couple more days before you follow up (maybe ask for a muscle relaxant) with your oral surgeon. All said, make sure you keep all the extraction sites as clean as you can and everything should fall in place soon.



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