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Jaw fail? - March 3rd 2009, 09:55 PM

I had surgery to get my wisdom teeth out, I spent a week going through hell because I had a dry socket, went back to the surgeon for more pain to get it fixed, and here I am, still with discomfort. The place where the dry socket was is still swollen, and half the time my teeth are sore [though I think from my nightly teeth grinding and sensitive teeth; I can't wear my nightguard because of the swelling].

Now that the swelling is gone aside from the area around the socket and the pain is only from the sensitivity, I'm quite happy. BUT, my jaw is messed up. For the first three days or so, my mouth was so swollen that I couldn't close it, so the fact that I couldn't open it either didn't bother me. Now, I want to EAT and I can't, which is really sucky seeing as I'm a binge eater and I need to eat to remain sane [a problem I am trying to work on]

My jaw refuses to open more than the width of two fingers. I was able to stretch and relax it a couple nights ago to fit three, but now I'm back down to pretty much one and a half. Is there anything I could do to stretch it out? Should I just wait until the swelling is completely gone [doesn't seem to be leaving]? I do have an appt with my surgeon on Friday, but I need to go to school and to avoid passing out, I need to eat.


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My jaw is messed up, won't open very wide. I think it's from swelling from my surgery, but I'm not completely sure. Stretching and massaging it helped until I went to sleep, now it's back to the start. Help?


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Re: Jaw fail? - March 4th 2009, 01:46 AM

I'd go back and see the oral surgeon that did your surgery. There may be something wrong, or he may be able to do something to help you. A friend of mine had the same problem with a dry socket and ended up having to go back for medication to help the swelling because it was so bad. I think that's your best bet.


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Re: Jaw fail? - March 4th 2009, 04:03 PM

Hey there, Niki. =D

I agree that you should speak with the surgeon about what you are experiencing, just to make sure everything is alright. I had my wisdom teeth removed exactly two weeks ago, so I feel your pain.

For now, just eat lots of soup, yogurt, ramen noodles, pudding, etc. Most of these things are easily packed in a lunch box/paper bag/cooler, so you can take them to school. Massaging your jaw from the outside may be a good idea, as well...I did it all through my recovery, and it helped my jaw loosen up much quicker.

You said that there is swelling...is your face still swollen? A soft ice pack can help a lot with that. As for swelling inside the mouth, just think of it as an excuse to drink more slushies and eat ice cream. The cold could actually help

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Re: Jaw fail? - March 4th 2009, 11:08 PM

Going back to the surgeon Friday, so I'll complain to him for screwing up my jaw then :] I also notice that one of my back molars on the top is now at a 45 degree angle, before it wasn't. When chewing what food I can eat, I feel like I'm chewing on the tooth >__<;
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For now, just eat lots of soup, yogurt, ramen noodles, pudding, etc.
I am so sick of soft foods it's not even funny x____x; soup, yogurt and meal replacements are my options right now; pudding is gross and I have a lack of instant noodles in my house, thanks to my brother.
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You said that there is swelling...is your face still swollen? A soft ice pack can help a lot with that. As for swelling inside the mouth, just think of it as an excuse to drink more slushies and eat ice cream.
My face isn't swollen anymore, it's the inside. Pretty much the area right behind my molars. Ice packs I try to avoid because of my sensitive teeth, makes them hurt if I leave it on for too long, but not long enough and it just makes me face cold and not numb. As for slushies and ice cream, again with the sensitive teeth. Ice cream is on my list of things I can't eat, especially not let it touch my teeth. so it wouldn't help me anyways :[


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