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Wisdom Teeth Removal with resulting infection?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 2, 2007
  • 03:47 PM

I got all four wisdom teeth removed last Wednesday (12/27). I had novocain injected in my mouth, but no sedation or being put to sleep. I had minimal bleeding for the first hour thereafter. All seemed fine... did the salt wash, watched what i ate, etc. However two days later, I developed a horrible ear pain on the right side. It feels like pressure in the ear, similar to just after flying on a plane.

I talked to my dentist, and he prescriped Pennicilin. Unfortunately, due to health insurance and other circumstances, I could not see my dentist. I was able to see a regular doctor before I left, and he said I have temporary TMJ, which would explain why the ear feels a bit better when I apply pressure to the jaw joint.

I flew home (I just moved), and the pain got worse, so I went to an Urgent Care center, where they confirmed an infection in my mouth, and prescribed a different antibiotic, and a pain killer.

The ear pain is much worse at night. I tried ice, sleeping on my back instead of my side or the other, but it has been 4 days, it no relief. Advil/Motrin gives me a few minutes of relief.

I don't know what is wrong, besides being a possible infection, which at this point seems quite realistic. Some people I know who had wisdom teeth removes, experienced the ear pain, but not for 4 days straight without letting up.

I still have a little swelling on my face, but nothing extreme. My upper and lower right teeth hurt, and of course, the pain in my right ear. I can't open my mouth more than an inch or so, or else it feels like a rubber band is going to snap. Also, it hurts to swallow, but only on the right side. Almost like a dry throat, but on the right part of my throat.

I no longer have health insurance, but if this does not get better soon am going to get this looked at by a dentist this week.

Any ideas?

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