Post # 1
I’m going nuts with this intermittent, yet strong sharp pain I feel 3 weeks out from wisdom teeth surgery. It’s my lower jaw that had an impacted wisdom tooth removed. The root was kept in to avoid nerve damage.
I just got an x-ray today, looks normal. No bone fragments or anything. No swelling or infection. I just finished antibiotics.
I feel like somthing is wrong with my nerves, but the surgeon says that usually nerve damage is evidenced by a lack of sensation, not pain. He thinks I’m just taking longer to heal than others and wants to see me in another week. Meanwhile, it usually, but not always hurts to eat. Talking at any length also hurts.
I’m so confused and frustrated and tired of being in pain. Did anyone else’s recovery take this long or longer? Do you know why it took longer? When did it feel better?
Post # 3
Umm I don’t think that’s normal. My recovery was only like a week, if that. Geez, I broke my collar bone, had to have surgery to fix it, and that was only like 3-4 weeks. Maybe it’s a “dry socket”…I’m not sure, but don’t let the doctor just push you aside if you are having pain
Post # 4
@IzzyBear: Yeah, I have heard of dry sockets being a complication for wisdom teeth, but they are pretty common and your dentist should know what to look for with them.
Sorry, don’t have much to add other than than, I had a very easy recovery when I had mine out, I was fine in like a week.
Post # 5
Were they done by an oral surgeon or a maxillofacial surgeon? I’ve honestly never heard of leaving the roots in on a third molar extraction, so has he addressed the fact that that may be the cause of the pain? Do you have full motion of your jaw (up and down and side to side) or hear any popping or clicking noises when you open wide (or can you)?
How is he explaining the pain you feel?
Post # 6
@sept22insf: If the root was left as is wouldn’t you require a root canal? Could you possibly have dry socket? Has the oral surgeon checked you since the procedure?
I’m not a dentist but have many issues with root sensitivity and I know that it can be quite painful, unbearable at times. When I had my widsom teeth pulled I was better in about a week or so but it did take a little longer to return to normal eating habits (have to let the wounds heal, no dry socket).
I’m sorry to hear that you are still suffering.
Post # 7
@sept22insf: It took me a long time to recover from my surgery… I was pretty incapacitated for 2 weeks afterward, and then I’d say it was another 3 weeks or so before I was eating normally & felt like myself again.
That said, I got dry sockets & an infection afterward, so I had mor complications. I hope you feel better soon.
Post # 8
oh gosh, Im sorry! Mouth/tooth pain is absolutely the worst. I’d maybe get a second opinion. I stopped feeling pain after 3-4 days and felt totally normal after a week. I had a bad filling that caused me chronic pain over a matter of years – my dentist replaced the filling twice, which did nothing. I finally gave up and went to a new dentist who said the entire tooth needed to be taken out. Relief – FINALLY! So, second opinions certainly cant hurt (pun intended).
Post # 9
Sorry you’re hurting. I was definitely out for a few weeks. so maybe some people do just take longer. What you’re describing really sounds like a dry socket but you’d think a dentist would go to that as a first possibility after that surgery.
Post # 10
Wow, that’s crazy! I was back to normal after my 4 impacted wisdom teeth were taken out at the same time after 3-4 days (I didn’t have any swelling or complications). I’m not a dentist, but it seems weird that the roots were left, and if they were, I would think you would need a root canal so that there wouldn’t be any sensitivity. Maybe go somewhere else and get a second opinion?
Post # 11
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It took me two weeks to fully recover, had a bad reaction to the anesthsia though. I do remember being able to feel the sharp points of my jaw under the gums for quite a while though. Maybe those sharp points are still bothering you? It took a few months but eventually I stopped being able to feel them.
If you still feel like something is wrong in another week and your dentist doesn’t then I would suggest you get a second opinion from another dentist at another practice to make sure the first one didn’t mess anything up.
Post # 12
I would go get the root taken out
Post # 13
Thanks everyone. I have been to the surgeon 4 times since the surgery. He has great reviews on Yelp. One was a standard follow up, the other 3 were because of the pain and I was convinced he’d find something horribly wrong. The first time he did see an infection starting and so he gave me a second round of antibiotics. He says the gums have healed over and there is no dry socket although earlier he said the pain I was describing was similar to dry socket although usually that is a sustained pain and I was past that stage in healing. It comes and it goes. It doesn’t bother me when I sleep. Mornings and late evenings are rough. He says he doesn’t want to do exploratory surgery until he’s sure the pain won’t go away on its own. Some days I feel like I’m on the recovery track, others it feels just as bad as it did 2 weeks ago, although I’ve definitely adjusted to the pain.
@daybyday: Ok, so maybe 3 weeks is not totally out of the question!
@beachbride1216: It’s odd though. The surface of my gums don’t hurt at all. It’s like a deep nerve pain. Sometimes it feels like it’s throbbing though and then ibuprofen and tylenol make it go away.
Post # 14
On further research, it seems there is a relatively newer procedure that is done on occasion leaving the roots in on an impaction, called a coronectomy. I just read a study done in China about it showing the clinical trials and stats.
It is possible the roots have migrated (but if he took an xray and compared them, I’m sure he’d see it), and what he tried to avoid by leaving them may in fact have caused them to put pressure on the nerve. Nerve damage will usually cause numbness (and sometimes that whole half of your lower jaw), but the pain thing could be many things. It sounds more jaw related because of what you said about it hurting on eating and talking.
Sites of those extractions will take many months to fully heal and soreness can be expected…but pain has usually subsided by now. Is the area open or were stitches placed? If it was left open and food is getting trapped, that can also cause an infection under the flaps of tissue.
Good thing he wants to see you again in a week. If it gets any worse,don’t wait.
Post # 15
@sept22insf: Totally! I remember back when my sister had her surgery in high school (god, I’m getting old) she said when she could finally open her mouth completely without pain and not feel ANY lingering effects of the surgery, she’d treat herself to a Big Mac. I want to say that was over a month, maybe two, after the removal.
Have you ever seen what they actually do to your jaw to get an impacted tooth out? NO WONDER it’s so painful.
Post # 16
I took quite a while to recover from mine. I was convinced I had dry sockets or an infection but they couldn’t find anything wrong. And to make it worse every mdication they tried giving me made me super sick