Don’t wait for wisdom teeth removal infection symptoms to show up before you put more attention to your oral care. It’s a must to level up your teeth cleaning routine, especially after tooth removal. One reason is that the missing tooth will leave a gap that’s susceptible to bacteria development. If the teeth and the new gap receive poor oral hygiene, it will likely lead to infection. 

Especially if you have impacted wisdom teeth, you need to be mindful of your oral care. You will also need to see your dentist regularly to ensure that there are no complications. In any case, you need to watch out for these tooth extraction infection signs. 

Wisdom teeth removal infection symptoms

Although it’s rare, complications can happen to your extracted wisdom tooth. You could only be sure that it’s a case of infection if you notice these wisdom teeth removal infection symptoms. 

Gums

You will most likely observe infection symptoms on your gums since this soft tissue is more vulnerable to bacteria. 

  • Tender or swelling. If you feel like your gums are inflamed and sensitive to the touch after the extraction, do not ignore. It’s already a sign of possible issue so consult your dentist right away.
  • Redness or bleeding. If your gums bleed even after your dentist remove the impacted wisdom teeth, take it as an emergency. This calls for urgent medication, especially when other infection signs are present.  
  • Pus. Just like bleeding, presence of pus is also alarming. Pus formation will let you know that your body is trying to fight a hostile element in your system.  
  • Pain. Although pain is normal after the operation as the anesthetic wears off, it already needs treatment several hours after. 

Jaw

Wisdom teeth removal infection symptoms also manifest in your jaws, especially if the infection has spread. If you notice the following signs in your jaw, it’s time to see your dentist again. 

  • Pain. Don’t mistake or endure jaw pain as a normal occurrence. If it starts to bother you and it lingers than usual, you need to consult your dentist about it.  
  • Swelling. Your jaw might swell after an impacted wisdom teeth removal. One remedy is to place a cold compress on it. However, if the swelling remains after attempts of treatment, your dentist needs to see it.  
  • Stiffness. If you’re having a hard time to open, close or move your mouth, it may be associated with your wisdom tooth extraction. 

The infection symptoms from your tooth extraction do not limit to these. Headache, fever or nausea may also mean that your extraction site is contaminated. Always keep in touch with your Oshawa dentist to ensure your oral health.

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