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Infected Gum After Wisdom Tooth Removal 

Infected Gum After Wisdom Tooth Removal? If you noticed that your gum is infected after wisdom tooth removal, there are likely other signs too. 

 Infection is marked by fever, pain, swelling, and redness, generally occurring a few days after an extraction and requiring time to evolve. Infection can also occur late, like 3-4 weeks after extraction.

How do I know if my gum is infected after wisdom teeth removal?

1. Gum pain. The gums around or over a wisdom tooth can become infected. This is called pericoronitis. The infection – signs include a high temperature, yellow or white discharge from the extraction site, and persistent pain and swelling. 

2. A dry socket (Alveolar Osteitis): is a condition where the blood clot disappears before it can turn into the early stages of bone formation. The bony walls of the socket are exposed to air and cold, which are exquisitely sensitive. 

As with an infection, dry socket often evolves around three days after an extraction and most commonly occurs in lower wisdom tooth extractions. Smoking, birth control pills, and hygiene are risk factors for dry sockets.

3. Socket infection: This can occur after a wisdom tooth has been extracted. Socket Infection is more likely if you have a dry or empty socket and the area fills with food debris and bacteria. This leads to infection, pain, and swelling.

4. Bad breath or taste in the mouth: are caused by bacteria infecting the wound left at the extraction site. Many forms of oral bacteria create foul-smelling chemicals from your mouth by your breath.

5. Gum Excessive Bleeding: It is normal if your tooth extraction site is bleeding within the first 24 hours after wisdom tooth extraction, but if it persists after a day, you need to contact your doctor ASAP.

6. Blood and Pus Discharging from Nose: This might signify that your sinus may have been exposed when the tooth was removed. It is uncommon to have blood in the nasal discharge for several days. But if you are seeing this symptom, you need to call your dentist, don’t try to treat it at home.

You must immediately seek your dentist’s help at the first sign of tooth extraction infection symptoms. These should not be taken lightly as they may escalate to other dental problems. 

How do you get rid of infected gums after wisdom teeth removal?

You’ll need to take antibiotics to clear up an infection in a wisdom tooth. You may need to take this at least a week before having the affected tooth repaired or removed. Antibiotics help to heal an infected tooth and prevent bacteria from spreading. Best way to heal fast after wisdom tooth extraction

If you think you have an infection, you should see your dentist immediately. Your dentist can affirm the presence of a disease and prescribe antibiotics. Sometimes, you may see white or yellow pus after extraction.


This article does not intend to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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