Patient Comments: Wisdom Teeth - Removal Complications


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Comment from: Jj , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I am never going to the dentist again; 14 days later I am still in pain, and still have swelling. I had to go to the hospital to get stronger antibiotics. Wisdom tooth removal is not worth it, I only got 2 out and I am fed up.

Comment from: Alondra , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I am 21 years old, and I got all 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed last Wednesday; it has been 8 days since. The pain wasn’t so bad the first couple days but now it’s so severe that I cannot sleep throughout the night. I wake up to ice because that’s the only other thing that helps, 800 mg ibuprofen doesn’t work for me anymore. I hate any kind of pain, and this has definitely been the worst experience of my life, I cannot wait to feel better.

Comment from: Earyl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I just recently found that the reason of pain I experienced whenever I sit is due to a Bartholin cyst. Upon reading the comments, I did manages to burst the cyst by warm compress. However, it’s already been a week after the rupture, so I don’t understand why my labia majora is still swollen. I tried to palpate it and it's not painful nor do I feel any lump. I'm really worried.

Comment from: Aelsar, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I got all four wisdom teeth out about 3 days ago. I haven't really needed any pain medicines thankfully, with the exception of Tylenol. I still can't chew, as the swelling keeps my molars from making contact. I managed to open my mouth a bit wider this morning and it looks as though one of my back molars has cavities or something in it. Not sure how because it's only been a few days but I didn't have any before the surgery and there are several concerning spots on the 2nd molar. Going to call my dentist tomorrow.

Comment from: Mizdaizy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I thought I was insane as well. I have removed a wisdom tooth bottom right on 3/04/2019, and up until today I've got this pain. I thought it was abnormal but reading all the comments below, I see it is quite a normal thing. I cannot deal with the pain and wonder how long I will still have this pain. I have thankfully not had a dry socket, I went for checkup yesterday, and it is healing fine but that pain is still there. I am currently on antibiotics (3rd day).

Comment from: SOPHIE , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed under a general anesthetic. Two were out and the bottom two were impacted and had to be cut out. I've got stitches on the top and bottom of my mouth. It is day 6 today and my course of antibiotics finished today, thank goodness because it is giving me this indigestion feeling. I'm just feeling weak, tearful and this morning I got a urinary tract infection, so had to go on another antibiotic! I'm seeing my surgeon on Monday for a checkup (today is Friday). I'm so hungry, can’t chew!

Comment from: S.Callihan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

My wisdom teeth removal was the worst experience of my life. I had my top two pulled because they were all the way through. However, my bottom two were impacted and covered by the gums, and had to be cut out, super close to the nerve. I’m 27 years old and this has been the most excruciating pain I have ever had. It’s been 10 days since my surgery and the right side of my face still hurts so badly! Not only the back of my mouth is super sore, but my jaw hurts, my right ear aches, and my head aches! Horrible.

Comment from: Gary, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I have masseter muscle pain still, 5 years post wisdom teeth extraction. I wonder if anyone else has the same.

Comment from: Georgia girl , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I had 4 teeth removed on Friday November 9th at 9:30 am, and it is Wednesday, November 14th. My right wisdom tooth is unbearable, I’m having headaches, jaw, neck pain, throat and ear ache, and my arm is feeling weak. I’m taking my medicines and rinsing. I don’t know what’s going on and I really wish it would stop, and I’ll not have another sleepless right!

Comment from: Philile, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I removed my wisdom tooth on the 3rd of September. It took about 15 minutes to take it out, they didn't give me any medicine, and when I got home the pain started. I bought Panadol and the following day the pain was even worse. It is the 21st today and my cheek is swollen, I can't open my mouth and I can't eat. I'm in a lot of pain.


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Comment from: Regretful, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I'm 40 plus. In January, I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed. During the consult visit, prior to surgery, he said he did not understand why everyone did not have them removed. No mention of complications, but I did my own research and I knew there were risks. It's now December and I've been back 3 times. My tongue is still numb on the right side and it may never get better. Compared to some other experiences, I'm lucky. In all my visits, this surgeon is always in a hurry. He's busy with other patients and does not want to deal with me. He insists that additional surgery could be performed, but it may not work (50/50). How can I believe him!

Comment from: CHERYL, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

My lower right impacted wisdom tooth was taken out at 52 years of age. I had to go back as the jaw bone was sticking out and felt like a bad toothache a week later (still bleeding). No infection. Dentist just literally yanked out part of the bone. Now another part of the jaw bone is sticking through. I do not want to go back again, but I am still on two pain medicines.

Comment from: wisdom tooth pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

This wisdom tooth pain is unbearable! It was pulled on Wednesday and still hurting today. Pain medicines are not helping.

Comment from: Stephonair, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was incredibly apprehensive getting my (3) wisdom teeth out. I don't regularly go to the dentist but I knew they were bad. I'm also a red head and studies show our experience can differ and not in a good way. My surgeon was great and under general anesthesia I don't remember anything, but the following 5 days were some of the worst I've ever had. I'm on day 9 now and it's not too bad. Other than my gums and chin still being numb, which may take weeks to months to return. He said a nerve may have been severed, so that's super. I'm glad I won't have to go through this again!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had my bottom wisdom teeth extracted on 4/16. It is 4/22 and one of the extractions is still throbbing. I'm beginning to think something went wrong. They prescribed me amoxicillin and tramadol for the pain. At first it was working, but 3 days into, no more. I iced everyday all day and night, no sleep since the surgery, can't get down on my food, chew only on one side, can't open my mouth wide enough and to top it off, by now that I'm in my right mind, my bill doesn't look right. I'm giving this thing one more day, then I will be marching back to the dentist office to take another look in my mouth and go over this bill with me.

Comment from: Carrieg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I had 3 severely impacted wisdom teeth and countless numbers of sinus infections. I was told my wisdom teeth were kind of up near my sinus cavity and should be removed, by two different dentists. I decided to go to the oral surgeon for a consult. Seemed like it was not going to be a big deal. I had my surgery one week ago today; worst experience I have ever been through. I woke up 3 times screaming through IV sedation. My face was so swollen I have never seen anything like it. He said my surgery was extremely difficult. Removing the wisdom teeth punctured my sinus cavity on both sides. I was so bruised and swollen. I had a black eye, stitches and could barely open my jaw. Here I am a week later still swollen. I went back yesterday to see the doctor. He said I didn't have any infections. The pain is just terrible because of my swollen gums especially in one area. I am stuck with a constant toothache. Need to go back in 2 days to see if the swelling goes down more. All round this was the worst surgery ever.

Comment from: Jul, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 13

My daughter had wisdom teeth removed. The upper left tooth dislodged. They looked in sinus cavity and in her cheek area. He couldn't find it. He left it until her weekly follow up to re-x-ray and try to locate it. She's on a strong antibiotic. Wondering what the worst case scenario here can be. I just need to know so I can know what to look for in such an event.

Comment from: donsmemory, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had a wisdom tooth removed on the 23rd of April. Today’s date is the 4th of May and I’m still in pain. I have been prescribed co-codamol and it makes me sleep through the pain but until it kicks in my system I’m in pain with my jaw aching and awful earache. I just want it to stop, I wish I’d have left the tooth alone.

Comment from: Jim-in-Creedmoor, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

I was apprehensive about my wisdom teeth removal. At age 61 I developed a cavity which my normal dentist did not notice. When I changed dentists, I was told my #1 wisdom tooth was decayed and needed to be extracted. I delayed having it done, but it was painless, quick, relatively cheap at $227 and quite the non-issue. I now have my 28 non-wisdom and not a cavity or repair in any of them.


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Comment from: Allen Gotora, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 08

Here are some wisdom tooth removal aftercare tips that will ensure a speedy and hassle-free recovery. Apply ice as necessary. The surgical technique used to extract your wisdom teeth is to hold the mouth open for long periods of time. Applying ice to the jaws as necessary will relieve much of the stiffness and soreness caused by the procedure.

Comment from: Kmg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I'm 61 and on Tuesday May 22 I had a wisdom tooth pulled. My face is still swollen and bruised. Since then I've been chewing on the opposite side of my mouth and my gums are hurting.

Comment from: iMhO36, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I knew my problem was my wisdom teeth and the dentist took 2 out but I asked him to take them all out. He said and I quote, “oh don’t worry they won’t cause you any problems.” Five years later and I’m about to die in pain and the first time I looked like he beat my face with a bat. I have horrid swelling and bruising and I don’t bruise easily at all. Make sure you see a great dentist, the cost is well worth it. I live in a small town and had no prior need for a dental surgeon. I’ll never use anyone form here again.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

This has been a horrible experience. I had 2 wisdom teeth removed, and had dry socket the next day. Follow all of the instructions after the surgery to avoid this. Read all of the information that is given to you. It is very painful, don"t risk it. Good luck.

Comment from: siddhu, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

My wisdom tooth removal was quite smooth, cared treatment, and was cool handling with experience.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had wisdom tooth removed and the dentist broke my jaw. I have had problems every day.


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