Dentist Questions Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Could wisdom tooth extraction cause an infection?

I got my wisdom tooth extracted and now I am having a lot of pain along with a bad taste in my mouth. Could it be a sign of an infection?

22 Answers

There is always a chance of infection after a wisdom tooth is extracted, due to the open wound (socket), especially if the tooth is infected before the extraction.
Yes, these are signs that there may be an infection. An appointment for evaluation by the dentist or oral surgeon who performed the procedure should be obtained. Antibiotic treatment may be needed and the dental professional will advise you on how to keep the area clean.
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Yes, you most likely have what is called a Dry Socket. This is an infection in the extraction site. You should go back to the surgeon and have the area debrided and possibly packed with medicine. You should also go on an antibiotic. This is a treatable infection and the most commonly associated with extractions, especially lower wisdom teeth. It can be very uncomfortable, but is definitely manageable.

Karly Sukut-Neppl DDS, FAGD
Absolutely, or a dry socket. If it persists, please see the doctor again.


Dr. Maria Longo
Yes, this could be an infection. You should return to the doctor who did the extraction to rule out the possibility.
If you started to have pain 1-2 days after having the wisdom tooth extraction, your pain may not be due to an infection but rather due to a condition called "dry socket". You will need to see the dentist to get them to place a medication in the extraction site to help with healing.
Yes, that's a possibility. You may have a dry socket and that is usually quite painful and is associated with a bad taste/odor in your mouth. You need to return to the dentist that did the extractions and have him evaluate it, or see an oral surgeon. Warm salt water rinses, 3-6 times a day will help keep the area clean and is soothing to the teeth/gums.
Yes, sometimes, if it was a traumatic extraction and if you do not follow your dentist's instructions.
You probably have a dry socket, which occurs when healing is disrupted for some reason. You should contact the person who removed the tooth and get a medicated solution packed in the area to minimize the pain and help healing take place.
Yes, you should go back to the doctor that extracted the tooth. This is probably what is called a dry socket.
You may have something we call as dry socket. See your dentist for treatment.
This could be the start of dry socket, where the blood clot that normally forms in the extraction site has been disturbed and bone is exposed. You should contact the dental office that extracted the tooth to rule out dry socket or infection.
Wisdom teeth extraction sites can get infected but what you are feeling is most likely a dry socket. This occurs when the blood clotting process is disturbed inside the extraction site. You should return to whoever extracted the teeth for treatment. It usually entails plugging the extraction sites with a medicine doused gauze several times. Hope this helps and hope you feel better soon!
This is probably NOT an infection, but a dry socket... the clot is lost, the bone is exposed, and it hurts like the devil... it's also possible that debris has gotten into the extraction site and is irritating the sound site. If nothing is done, you can expect it to resolve in 10 to 14 days... but I
recommend a visit to the dentist to assess the situation and help you get relief from the pain.
If food debris gets into the extraction socket it is possible to get a secondary infection. It is also possible for pain to come from a dry socket which can also get food in it. It should be evaluated by the doctor that did the extraction.
Most oral surgeons give you a list of common side effects of having wisdom teeth removed that also contain care instructions on when to rinse depending on the size of the wound left from the extraction. It is possible that some infection may have been present prior to the extraction of the tooth for which you would have likely been given antibiotics. It would be a good idea to call the dental office and describe the problem so that they can go back over the notes and possibly tend to this with a prescription followed up by an office visit for insurance that no further problems will arise. It's not a good idea to let this go unchecked as it can lead to further complications.
Yes, so you might schedule a follow up visit with your dentist to have the area checked out.
Typically, no. May have an issue that can arise from the site of the injection or dry socket. If the tooth was infected to begin with, removing the cause usually allows the area to heal uneventfully.
Yes, any extraction can result in an infection. Wisdom tooth (3rd molar) extractions maybe more prone to infection because the reason for the extraction could be an infected tooth.
A badly infected tooth, before extraction, usually will have antibiotics prescribed prior to the extraction.
Yes it could. You might have what is called a dry socket too. I would suggest going back to the oral surgeon or dentist that did the extractions.
Yes, it is possible that an infection can develop from the extraction of wisdom teeth, but it is surprising how rarely that happens. When you consider that our mouths are filled with pools of bacteria, you would think that any wound in the mouth would easily get infected. But think how many times you may bite your lip or cheek or tongue - it may be sore for a few days, but then heals uneventfully.

Wisdom teeth are molars, and with any molar extractions, especially lowers, there is a chance of developing a postoperative infection. Sometimes, it happens because the patient does not correctly follow the post-op instructions. But sometimes it just happens. It can be called a "dry socket" and usually occurs when, for whatever reason, the blood clot is lost too soon, leaving a naked bony socket that is completely exposed to all the bacteria of the mouth. It often occurs around the second or third day after the surgery, after the patient was starting to
feel really good and recovered. The pain associated with a dry socket can be quite severe, more so than the initial extraction. It requires pain medicine, antibiotics, and a medicinal packing in the socket over a period of 3 to 5 days to resolve the problem.

Lower molar extractions have a higher chance of this happening because the blood supply of the lower jaw is not as robust as that of the upper jaw where there is a terrific blood supply. Consequently, clots on the lower jaw are simply lost easier, and the dry socket infection results. Dry socket infections can occur in the upper jaw, but are pretty rare.
It could be an infection. It could also be something called a dry socket. It is a painful condition that can be treated by your dentist who will pack a medication in the socket to help it heal faster. A follow up visit to the dentist is recommended.