Having your wisdom teeth removed is a rather serious surgical procedure and your post-operative care is something not to be taken lightly. You can minimize things like unnecessary pain and swelling or infection by simply following the proper guidelines laid out here.
There are many different sensations or complications that you might feel after the surgery that are perfectly normal. Every person is different, so the experience you have might vary slightly from your friend or your sibling who also had their wisdom teeth removed. If at any point you have any questions or you are concerned about the symptoms you are experiencing, you can always contact your doctor or your oral surgeon and they can help.
After having your wisdom teeth removed, you can manage your pain by taking things like Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, or Ibuprofen as per the instructions on the bottle. Your dentist or doctor could provide you with prescription medication for more severe pain, but this is obviously something that should not be consumed for anything that’s just moderate.
Some other complications that you might feel include numbness around your tongue, your chin, or your lip. This will be temporary and you shouldn’t be alarmed. You should be aware that if there is any type of numbness on your lips or tongue you might not feel it if you bite down on your lip. Simply be aware and exercise caution immediately after your surgery until all numbness has faded.
Immediately after your surgery, you could also notice a slightly elevated body temperature. If your temperature persists for multiple days after having your wisdom teeth removed you can contact your oral surgeon. However, having a slight fever is a natural part of your body’s recovery.
As the body sends more white blood cells, you may notice inflammation around the mouth and pressure in the ears. This inflammation can sometimes also feel a bit painful, especially in the more delicate parts of the ears. You can always take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed on the bottle to help you reduce your fever.
Pressure and Swelling in the Ears
After you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, it is not uncommon to have a sore throat or pain when you are swallowing. Your muscles will get swollen, so the act of swallowing could become painful. You might even have stiffness in your jaw muscles, which is completely normal.
Pain in your ear is very similar to this. Remember that all of these components in your head are linked, so when a tooth is removed from inside your jaw, it’s going to result in swelling and stiffness, even pain around the jaw, in all of the muscles in the mouth, and the muscles around the throat. As all of these muscles swell, it places pressure on other parts of the body inside the head — specifically, around the ears.
All of this pressure is what causes the pain inside your ears. Remember that your head is a specific size and it contains the perfect fit of different components, so when any of those components well, you’re going to feel some discomfort and pain from the pressure of the swollen muscles just the same way that you might feel pressure in another body part after heavy exercise.
After your surgery, your pain and your swelling should subside and it should reduce day by day. If the pain of the swelling gets significantly worse and your symptoms are unusual, it is important to call your dentist for more information. Remember that there will be a literal cavity where that was removed and this will gradually fill in with new tissue but it takes some time so you should obviously keep the area clean especially after you eat.
It is important to remember that your case is unique. No two people and no two mouths are alike, so any issues you might be having should not be discussed with your well-intended friends who offer advice based on their personal experiences. Instead discuss your problem with the people who are most effectively able to help you: Dental Group of Simi Valley in Simi Valley, CA.