Bad Taste In Mouth After Tooth Extraction

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Foul odor and bad taste after wisdom tooth extraction?
    I had my wisdom tooth extracted last Monday and I seem to be healing fine in terms of pain and swelling. However, I developed a foul odor and bad taste in my mouth. I read that this is associated with dry socket. When I look into the socket it is empty. But I have virtually no pain. Is it possible to have a painless dry socket?

    • ANSWER:
      It's no way you can have dry socket with no pain. The odor come from the dry blood in the socket. In time the odor will go away. Wash your mouth with salt and water once a day. But don't spit it out. Let it run out. And another week you would be O.K. good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a bad taste in my mouth after getting my wisdom teeth out?
    I had my two bottom wisdom teeth out on Monday. They were VERY impacted, so part of the bone was also removed. I've been feeling a lot better the last two days, but I'm getting this really bad taste in my mouth coming from the socket (sour and salty).

    Did this happen to anyone else?
    When will it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually they were drilled out of the bone, but this will apply to you as well, and hopefully help you. So keep reading.

      Some soreness is to be expected for several days to a week or so. It just depends on the condition of the teeth that were extracted. Some people feel better the first day if the teeth were mobile and had been hurting from the movement. Some may have had surgery to remove them from the bone and take longer to heal. So here is some standard advice for extractions. To be safest and relieve any doubt that you may have, just call your dentist or surgeon, they will be happy to help you.

      Here are some tips: Try to rinse 3-4 times a day with really warm salt water. Use care when brushing so you don't brush that area. Also with these being back teeth, you need to exercise your jaw. Try stretching your mouth open and close over and over, getting a little wider each time but don't force yourself. This really helps with the pain and soreness you may experience from holding your mouth open during the extractions and their removal from the surrounding bone. Avoid hard or crunchy food for a week or so until you can tell the tissue is healed over.

      Now sometimes it's not normal to have pain. I can't look to see, and don't know how difficult the extractions were, so I'm just going on what you have described. But occasionally the tissue becomes infected or it doesn't clot over and develops a dry socket. You can usually tell this if it becomes painful, swollen, fowl smell and taste in your mouth. If this is the case you will need to go back to the Dentist to have the area cleaned out and packed off. He will also place you on antibiotics, pain med's and advise you to take Advil or Motrin.

      Hope I've been of some help here, good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Would I have dry socket and nerve irritations?
    I have had 2 teeth removed on Thursday as I will get braces soon and I have had pain every day since. The area where the tooth was removed has begun to smell and leave a bad taste in my mouth. The teeth next to the extraction area also hurt, would this be a sign of the nerve damage?

    I had half of a cigarette 1 day after they were removed and I understand that this increases the chance of getting dry socket.

    I am contacting my dentist about the problem, but just checking ahead. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Dry Socket begin with pain in the mouth around the area where the tooth was pulled. This can also be accompanied by bad breath, thanks to the bacteria concerned. If you look in the mouth you may also see the bone, rather than the usual blood clot covering the area. The first symptoms – the toothache-like pain – begin around two days after the removal of the tooth. As the condition worsens the pain can spread to the ears.
      More read here: http://medicalsymptomssearch.net/dry-socket-symptoms-causes-and-treatment/

      Goog luck and call your dentist!

  4. QUESTION:
    Bad taste and smell after tooth extraction?
    I had a molar extracted a week ago, there was an infection. The dentist gave me antibiotics and the course is finished. For the past few days I have had a bad taste in my mouth and an even worse smell that seems like it's inside my nose. The gum is still tender as well but it isn't unbearable pain. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Bad taste in mouth after wisdom teeth extraction?
    So I had 4 wisdom teeth out 2 weeks ago and now there's a really bad taste coming from my socket? And there's white stuff around the socket, is it food?

    • ANSWER:
      That is part of the normal healing process and no, the white stuff isn't food and do not touch it or try to remove it

  6. QUESTION:
    Is bad taste in my mouth normal after extractions?
    I recently got 2 teeth removed (not wisdom teeth) about 2 days ago and I have this bad taste in my mouth. Also, what does a blood clot look like? I don't know if I am doing everything right and I'm scared to have an infection, I would call the dentist but I think I would have to wait until Monday :(

    • ANSWER:
      Always spit never swallow

  7. QUESTION:
    remedies for bad taste after wisdom teeth extraction?
    I got my wisdom teeth extracted last wednesday. It's been ok, except today and yesterday i started expieriencing pain in my ears and sinuses. I am seeing the oral surgeon tomorrow. However, what bothers me more than the pain, is this horrible tast coming from the socket. From what I have researched it seems normal. It's just so vile and make me sick to my stomach. I tried brushing and rinsing with saltwater, but that doesnt work. Does anyone know any remedies to get rid of the digusting taste?

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably the taste of blood - that's what I had after my wisdon teeth were taken out.

      that, or you have dry sockets - hope not, that sucks!

      There really isn't a way to get rid of the taste other than just having something in your mouth at all times to disguise the taste. After your gums heal, the taste will go away, unfortunately, you have to deal with it until then.

      Keep up the saltwater, though, unless the doctor tells you to stop b/c that can help speed healing. Just be careful not to spit - just let the water drain out of your mouth b/c spitting can cause dry sockets.

  8. QUESTION:
    If my mouth should still hurt after an extraction?
    I had my tooth extracted on Friday and it is still sore and a little swollen. I feel stuff draining from it and I have a bad taste in my mouth. My dentist keeps telling me to rinse my mouth with salt water and it will get better. He said it will take longer to heal cause he had trouble getting the tooth out but i would think by now it should start feeling better and its really not.

    • ANSWER:
      take some pain killers at regular times - as on bottle.

      continue salt water washes

      your dentist has advised you correctly

      your body needs time to heal - unless you are unwell and running a high fever, you just need time

  9. QUESTION:
    How long should pain last after a tooth extraction?
    I had a tooth pulled on Saturday morning (so.. 4 days ago), and it seems the pain hasn't gotten any better. (Maybe a little worse.) I have a small head ache, a minor ear ache, a funny taste in my mouth, and my gums are still swollen. I though it may be dry socket, but I can't see any bone... There is a layer of brown spongy stuff over the hole. Any ideas what could be going on? Or am I just worried for nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      congratulations you have a dry socket! all that means is that for some reason the clot didn't form right. You will need to call your dentist and he'll put a medicated packing in the socket and you will have to go back a few days later to have it removed and replaced. the first one will hurt just to warn, you only because that area is slightly infected. after a few dressings or packings you'll be feeling fine.

  10. QUESTION:
    I got a weird taste in my mouth after my wisdom teeth extractions. Is it normal?
    I got the surgery almost 2 weeks ago and my surgeon said everything was good at my follow up. I've been rinsing after every meal and using the syringe. But the taste is only on my lower right side. I had all 4 removed. I'm also getting bad breath even tho I brush my teeth. Is it infected? Should I get it checked?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes its normal, sometimes the healing socket gives off a bad taste or smell, just gargel with warm salt water 2 times a day

  11. QUESTION:
    Socket after wisdom tooth removal is creating a foul taste?
    I had my wisdom teeth removed on wednesday, its now monday. one of the stitches came out early and there is a hole there. it is giving off a really really bad taste in my mouth. is this normal or could it be bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Use the syringe after wisdom teeth extraction. You can place it near the extraction. All it is doing is rinsing food particles away from the hole to keep them from growing up in your gums. There is no need to stick the tip into the hole, that may set up infection of some kind.
      Place the tip near the hole, but not in it, and rinse with the salt water at least before you go to bed, for at least a week or 2.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do I keep getting a bad sulfur taste in my mouth?
    I got my wisdom teeth taken out about a week and a half ago and ever since then I keep getting this sulfur like salty taste in my mouth.

    What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      it is the taste of the raw area in the extraction.it is simple condition and all u have to do is salt and water mouth wash 3 or 4 times daily.and it will resove soon...good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    What color should gums be after extraction?
    I had a tooth surgically extracted one week ago. The tooth wasn't infected when it was removed. I have no pain, no discomfort, no weird taste in my mouth or bad breath. I was looking at the site today and noticed that it's turned sort of gray-ish and I can still feel like stitches but it feels like there's an additional, thicker string going the other direction. Does this sound normal, at all? Or would calling the surgeon be the best bet?

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds perfectly normal. The gray-ish you're seeing is the blood clot. I had the same thing when I had my wisdom tooth taken out a few weeks ago. Give yourself a few weeks and your gums should be back to normal. :)

  14. QUESTION:
    What color should gums be after extraction?
    I had a tooth surgically extracted one week ago. The tooth wasn't infected when it was removed. I have no pain, no discomfort, no weird taste in my mouth or bad breath. I was looking at the site today and noticed that it's turned sort of gray-ish and I can still feel like stitches but it feels like there's an additional, thicker string going the other direction. Does this sound normal, at all? Or would calling the surgeon be the best bet?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose that its all healing well.

      If there was a problem with the healing process you would know about it! If you are not in any pain, I wouldnt worry too much. It can take months to heal...
      It varies from person to person, depending on smoking, medication.

  15. QUESTION:
    Food crumbs stuck in tooth extraction hole?
    I got 2 teeth extracted two days ago. I just finished eating lunch, ground beef and a croissant (yes i know, weird combination) & I noticed a crumb stuck in one of my tooth extraction holes. Ive tried swishing water in my mouth but it doesnt work. What should I do? Is this something to worry about? Can I get an infection or dry socket?

    • ANSWER:
      When I got mine out, the dentist gave me a syringe that I could fill with warm water and squirt down in the hole to get out the food. They sell them at the pharmacy as well. That shouldn't cause dry socket, but if the food is left down in the hole for too long, it'll start to rot and you'll have a bad taste in your mouth as well as a foul odor coming from it.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is this bad taste and smell in my mouth?
    I started noticing the taste and smell after I had my wisdom teeth removed. However they were removed almost a year ago and the taste and smell still remain. There is no pain or swelling so it couldn't be an infection. What could this be?
    I brush my teeth plenty and I rinse with regular mouthwash and the special mouthwash the dentist prescribed me. Still doesn't help. Perhaps it's just taking a very long time to heal.

    • ANSWER:
      You likely do not pay sufficient attention to your extraction sites, though they should be all healed up by now. If regular teeth brushing does not help, rinse. Rinse with anything.

      Rinse after every meal for a couple days, just put some more effort into dental hygiene.

      If that does not help, you either have a food chunk stuck somewhere, or possibly have some dental infection, and in that case go see your dentist.

      Good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to fully recover from having your wisdom teeth pulled?
    I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled on Tuesday Jan 31 and now it's Saturday Feb 4th and my bottom lips numb and its still hard to eat solid food. I tried a sandwich last night and didn't finish it. My bottom teethes feels weird on the left side also. I'm wondering do I need to go back to the dental office about this or is it normal and will pass

    • ANSWER:
      It can take 5-7 days to recover from one wisdom tooth removal so weeks and weeks is common for all 4. Numbness is a side effect due to the swelling after extraction effecting the mental nerve , damage to this nerve can be temporary and last for weeks/months and gradually your feeling will return. Soft foods are required until your jaw is back to full ability which can be months, but you must eat, soups, pastas but try not to bite down too hard and chew breads or meats if tender. Pain, swelling, bleeding and bruising is common for 4-5 days and after this you should day by day inprove. if after a week the pain is worse or you have a bad taste in your mouth then you should visit your dentist again just in case you have an infection starting.

  18. QUESTION:
    how long does it hurt after a tooth extraction?
    So I had the tooth in the very back on the top (not my wisdom tooth) pulled on Friday, this is Monday and it's still nearly unbearable. Should it still be hurting? Keep in mind I talk on the phone 10 hours a day for my job so I'm sure that doesn't help, but still. Would you be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      if your getting a bad taste in your mouth then yes you should be concerned. you may have a dry socket or maybe the whole tooth (roots) weren't pulled you should call your dentist and try to get in as soon as possible they need to flush that area with peroxide and place a dry socket material in there to help that area heal.

  19. QUESTION:
    When can I eat normal food after wisdom teeth extraction?
    I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth out about 5 days ago. I'm not really in pain anymore, but I'm so afraid to eat solid food because of the debris getting stuck in the holes. I have the syringe, but even though I use it frequently, I still am getting a foul taste in my mouth. I'm nervous that when I do eat solid food, it will be even worse.
    also...one side of my mouth smells awful and the other smells normal. whats up with that? could it be the blood clot?

    • ANSWER:
      You are at the stage where you can start returning to a more normal diet. Start off with some semi soft things and keep trying new and harder foods as you feel comfortable with. You will want to keep up with the warm saline rinses for several more days just to keep the sockets clean and prevent infection. Good luck. You made it through the worst of it.

  20. QUESTION:
    6th day after wisdom tooth extraction is this normal?
    Well the pain and swelling is barely there. But i felt like my mouth wasnt clean enough so i used listerine. Then i had this reaaaaaaaaally bad tasting thing coming out of my lower left hole. Could this be because of the listerine? Im kind of worried that it might be infected, but theres no pain whatsoever.
    Plus it not only tastes bad, it makes my breath smell horrible. :( What do i do? And What is this?

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Wisdom teeth extraction 5 days ago tingling tounge ever since?
    I had my wisdom teeth extracted and have been experiencing a tingly/numb tounge on and off ever since. I have also noticed that my tounge is beginning to form a white film and I have a bad taste in my mouth. Does anyone experienced this or know what could be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Since wisdom teeth are at the back of your mouth, they are very close to or sometimes directly on certain nerves... some patients have damaging to the nerves when their teeth are extracted. That would be my guess as to why you are experiencing tingling with your tongue. The bad taste may be caused by an infection??

      But go see your dentist, I'm just guessing and only they'll know what's really going on.

      Goodluck! (:

  22. QUESTION:
    Bad taste in my mouth after removal of wisdom teeth?
    I had all four wisdom teeth extracted on monday.
    My mouth is feeling better in general, but I had this horrible dirty taste.
    I brush my teeth 3x a day, but the taste comes back..

    Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      What I've read is that it could be food getting caught in the extraction sockets (even if you have stitches). I also read that it could be dead tissue from the procedure. Considering that you brush your teeth regularly, but you're probably more gentle with the extraction sockets, it may be some kind of food or bacteria. You'd need to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep it under control.

      So to answer your question, it may be normal - but it's not a good thing.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long after getting your wisdom teeth removed do you have to wait to brush your teeth?
    I got my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday morning. I usually brush my teeth three times a days, so I'm going insane right now. My mouth tastes disgusting :/ If I can't brush my teeth, is there a way to get this horrible taste out of my mouth?
    oh. Is it bad if one of my teeth is still bleeding? :/

    • ANSWER:
      You can brush your teeth. Use minimal, if any, toothpaste and avoid the extraction sockets. Rinse out with warm water afterwards.

      You could ask the oral surgeon or dentist to call in some chlorohexidine rinse .12% without alcohol for you (depends on your age if this is prescribable for you). This is a safe rinse which is very good at killing bacteria and should help considerably with the bad taste.

      A little bleeding the day afterwards is completely normal. Though if it is gushing, you should contact the dentist who did the extractions. Biting on a wet teabag may help stop the bleeding.

  24. QUESTION:
    Bad taste in mouth after wisdom teeth taken out help please?
    I had my wisdom teeth taken out on thursday may 7. I have a terrible taste in mouth. I can't take it I bursh my teeth up to 6 times a day I use mouth wash everytime and floss I have drenched cotton balls in mouthwash and keeps them in and the taste is worse afterwards. I can't take it anymore it's so gross please help

    • ANSWER:
      It can be normal to have a bad taste for some days after oral surgery, but this seems kind of long. Call the office of whoever did your extractions, and ask them about it. They'll be glad to help.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it really bad to feel around with your tongue where your wisdom teeth were extracted?
    The hole is not what I thought it would be--it's not like a pothole in my gum, but more like it comes from the side of my gum, and maybe goes down deep, but I can only feel the top part. It has at least one stitch in it, but that's on the side, not closing up the hole. I've been feeling around a lot with my tongue, and it just occurred to me today that I might not want to do that. I got my teeth out (this one's on the bottom) on Saturday, and it's Thursday now. I didn't feel the hole with my tongue until yesterday. Also, I have a lot of soreness in the teeth in front of my wisdom teeth--almost all the way to the front of my mouth. Is this normal? And a yellow bruise on my chin on that side of my mouth. Otherwise, I don't really have any pain, just a little tightness in my jaw, and I'm eating solid food because the other side of my mouth is fine. I don't have a syringe to wash out my hole, which is why I keep feeling it with my tongue, because I'm worried there's food in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Try not to probe the socket with your tongue. Also, try to use luke-warm water in your mouth for some days and not cold water. A teaspoonfull of salt in a glass of water is good for rinsing out the mouth, which may begin to taste and smell unpleasant. This will not last long. The mouth is quick to heal and you will find it so, provided you do not actively prevent healing. You would only syringe out the 'hole' when a wisdom tooth is 'breaking through' and then it leaves a flap over the erupting top which collects debris. You should not syringe out the socket left from an extraction.
      The bruising and pain is normal. You may notice discomfort for some time as the teeth 'spread out' to try and compensate for the missing tooth. They may appear more painful and sensitive than normal for a while.
      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent dry sockets from occurring?
    I had one wisdom tooth removed and I heard that if not taken care of dry sockets can form. I know I am not supposed to spit or rinse but am I allowed to swallow because there is a lot of saliva and blood in my mouth. Also what am I allowed to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry sockets are known as alveolar osteitis by dentists and it is quite common to have a drysocket after tooth extraction. Generally, a blood clot is expected to protect the underlying bones and nerves in the hole, created due to tooth extraction. But, if the blood clot is not formed or it is dislodged or dissolved due to fibrinolysis, then the socket becomes dry. The socket appears dry and you can see the exposed bone. There is no formation of pus in the socket. The blood clot formation is required for heeling the wound or the socket.

      A dry socket leads to severe pain and the heeling process is delayed. Drysocket pain intensifies, 3-4 days after the extraction of the tooth. The pain can be unbearable and can not be shortened unless and until it is properly treated. Before knowing about how to prevent dry socket, let us first have a look at the drysocket symptoms, which can be very irritating.

      Dry Socket Symptoms

      * Severe pain is the main symptom of drysocket after tooth extraction.
      * Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth, as gaping wound is an open invitation to microorganisms
      * Difficulty in eating
      * Loss of appetite
      * Swollen lymph nodes in neck
      * Swollen gum or adjacent teeth
      * Jaw pain
      * Fever

      After reading the symptoms only, one can imagine how a dry socket must be leading to restless days and sleepless nights. So it is better to prevent drysocket formation.

      Prevent Dry Socket

      To prevent drysocket, we need to know what causes dry socket. There are conflicting results from the studies organized to identify the factors that appear to be associated with increasing incidences of experiencing dry sockets. But, if these factors are taken into consideration while planning for and proceeding with a tooth extraction, then the risk for drysocket can be minimized.

  27. QUESTION:
    What should i do now i've had my tooth extracted?
    I had my tooth removed today at 1.00 and in a lot of pain atm. I wondered when i would be able to eat and what i should eat and how can i take away the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Try to stick to soft foods. Yogurt, applesauce, soup, baked potato, & rice are great. Things like that will work. =)

      There should be a blood clot forming where your tooth was. It is important that it stays there. If you aren't careful you can get what is called a "dry socket". http://www.animated-teeth.com/dry-sockets/a1-dry-sockets.htm

      Avoid drinking hot liquids (heat will dissolve the clot) or drinking through a straw for at least 24 hours. Also, don't swish water in your mouth! That action can also free the blood clot & leave you in intense pain. Avoid smoking as well.

      As for the pain...unless the dentist prescribed you something I highly suggest ibuprofen. It is an anti-inflammatory & will go a long way to bringing down the swelling & pain. If it is still too much you should contact his office.

      You should also invest in some sea salt. Sea salt is a natural anti-septic that is typically used for keeping body piercings clean. (Not table salt! That contains iodine) Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt in 1 cup mild-warm water (remember not too hot!) Let it sit in your mouth around the extraction area for about 30 seconds. It tastes horrendous...but it will help keep it clean & even make it feel a little better afterwards.

      Here is a good site with after care treatment:
      http://www.toothandteeth.com/tooth-and-teeth-extraction.html

      Be careful with that empty socket! Call your dentist if the pain gets too bad. Good luck

      Unless it is a wisdom tooth...look into getting a bridge or a replacement done. Otherwise your other teeth might "wander".

      Edit: PS. I almost forgot...if you have trouble with bleeding on the site.. gently bite down on a used tea bag. The tannin (an astringent) in the tea will work wonders for the bleeding.

  28. QUESTION:
    What should I do to prevent being so scared when I get my extraction?
    I am 14 years old, and i have to get one of my teeth extracted. I am really scared. The only time i had surgery was when I had this growing thing on my finger and they put me to sleep. I am really scared now for some reason. People would think because I am older I wouldn't be so scared.I just don't like people putting me to sleep. Doctors and Dentists scare me. I was wondering has anyone else had an extraction and how it was!
    I am still scared( bitting nails)

    • ANSWER:
      I've had SEVENTEEN tooth extractions. No lie. My teeth didn't fall out naturally fast enough. I only lost 6 that way. Honey, do not be nervous. This is what happens.

      You drink some really bad tasting stuff to relax you. That's the worst part, really. You wait an hour in the office and then they call you back. They inject some stuff into your gums to make your mouth numb, but since you are relaxed, it's like you're in a dreamlike state. It won't bother you at all, even though you WILL feel a little pain. The dentist proceeds to take you tooth out with some pliers and all you feel is a little tugging. Ask them if you can bring an MP3 player (that makes it so much better). He will ask you periodically if you're ok, so don't worry about the anesthetic wearing off. That won't happen.

      It's not bad. You can't eat for an hour after that, but once you get the feeling back in your mouth, a milkshake is great. I always feel kind of dizzy and nauseous after an extraction, but not for long. Your gums DO bleed for about 30 minutes after the extraction, I'm not going to lie to you, but it doesn't hurt.

      It really sounds worse than it is, but now you know what you're in for. When you're done with all this dental work, you will have a beautiful smile.

  29. QUESTION:
    Today I had 3 wisdom teeth out and 4 hours later i tried to have a milkshake?
    i have no pain and its been 5 hours. but i tried having a strawberry milkshake and there is a really,, eww really bad taste in my mouth, I couldn't even taste my ,milkshake at all. its disgusting.
    I'm still bleeding :( so I still have my gauze.

    • ANSWER:
      oh yuck. i remember when i had all 4 of mine out at once.
      like the other answer says, stay away from straws for a while and anything that has small bits like rice or little bits of fruit. your body has to readjust and youre likely still expelling stuff from the extraction so give it a while and stick to stuff like soup. itll get better when your mouth stops bleeding for sure. you probably taste stale blood and that sort of thing. salt water rinses are really nice for getting rid of whatever is left in your mouth.
      be patient. i got 3 infections from not taking proper care of the spaces so just take it slow and you should be fine.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to still be in pain a week after tooth extraction?
    I had my farback molar taken out a week ago and for the first couple of days i experienced pain and a horrible taste and odour in my mouth. The taste and odour have pretty much gone but i still experience pain, sometimes worst than others.
    Also the hole is really deep and alot of food tends to get stuck down there, i'm wondering if it is a little too deep!?

    Any help is appreciated,

    Thanks xxxxxxxx

    • ANSWER:
      Those back molar tooth extractions feel funny don't they? Gum tissue takes about 3-4 weeks to heal and the bone may take, up to 8 months. It is important that you take very good care of this area. That means try not to tongue it to death and do not put your fingers in there. Be sure to swish lightly with water to remove any debris out of the wound. It is possible that your tooth pain may be related to your pain threshold. There are surrounding nerves in there that have been affected by the extraction. Typically this pain doesn't happen for longer than a week. I would say that if you have no foul odor, it's not bleeding still, the swelling is going down and there is no persistent and/or severe pain nor fever, that you are healing well and should not be concerned about infection. Hope this helps and take care!

  31. QUESTION:
    Extracted a tooth a week ago, I have a tiny pin hole in the extration area, when is the hole going away?
    I have no pain but, my breath is the worse then it's ever been and clearly the smell is stronger on that side of the mouth. I now brush my teeth as I did before the extraction. My other concern is the hole. Is it going to fill in? It's very tiny and clear it's very concerning how long should I wait before going to the dentist again.

    • ANSWER:
      I had 4 extactions 4 days ago. The instructions say that you will have bad breath while it's healing and to brush my tongue. If it is a dry socket, I heard that you will know it. Sucking in air will cause extreme pain. And having a bad, like rotten egg smell or taste is a big sign of infection. The hole should close up in a few months. If you are concern, book a follow to make sure it's healing properly. Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    My wisdom teeth are coming in really early, is that okay?
    I'm 13 but I thought they were supossed to come in when you were like 17. And yes I'm positive their my wisdom teeth I've counted and looked it up.

    • ANSWER:
      To find all about everything to do with oral surgery, especially regarding implants, graft surgery, wisdom teeth and tooth extractions (including infection or bad taste in the mouth), post operative complications, post operative care and medications, go to www.dentalimplantsaustralia.com . Remember to always have your oral surgery done by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who can provide LA, IV sedation or GA safely.

  33. QUESTION:
    How bad does getting baby teeth pulled hurt?
    On Tuesday I have to get 3 or maybe 4 baby teeth pulled out and I'm super scared! I hate blood and needles and I'm really sensitive. So on a scale of 1-10 how bad does getting a shot in your gum hurt and how does it feel during the removal and how long after the surgey does it hurt?
    Thanks for the help :)

    • ANSWER:
      This is coming from someone who is deathly afraid of needles and pain.

      I've gotten baby teeth pulled twice, each with a different dentist. The first time I was REALLY scared. But the shot isn't bad because they put a numbing gel on before which helps a lot. They also wiggle your lip to "distract" you. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it about a 3 or 4. It's a quick pinch and then pressure. The second time I got the shot it hurt a bit more because they were doing more stuff on me as well (I had to get a crown AND a cavity filled all in one sitting!) The worst part of that was feeling the cold metal on your mouth and accidentally tasting it. It was NASTY.

      As for the actual extraction, not to scare you, but only 1 of the 4 that I got pulled hurt. That was because it was the absolute last thing they did (this was the second time) and the root wasn't dissolved all the way. In my opinion, the recovery is the worst part of all of it. You just feel like crap and really gross with all the gauze in your mouth. Eat light and soft and take ibuprofen if you need it. I had a milkshake and macaroni right after, and 90 minutes later I was back to normal. It doesn't really hurt after, just kind of uncomfortable with all the gauze. It usually stops bleeding after 30-60 minutes.

      Don't worry about it so much! If you're really anxious, get the laughing gas. It didn't make it hurt less, but it definitely calmed me down. You'll be fine :) Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with your new dentures after teeth pulled?
    Just had my upper teeth pulled out in order to have dentures. They gave me temporary ones for now.
    It has been 5 days since the extractions, and I'm still un-able to even wear the temp dentures.
    My face is still swolen, and black and blue.
    What is your experience and advice you can offer me? what can I expect? thanks for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, My name is Lori and I am a dental hygienist. I work in an office that delivers a lot of dentures so I hear questions like this frequently. The temporary denture acts like a band-aid when the teeth are extracted. They probably told you to wear it overnight and had you back the next day to check how things looked. That is how we do it in my office. It is not unusual to have pain and swelling after having many teeth extracted. It is a major procedure. You have amputated part of your body. You will need time to heal. That is another reason you have a temporary denture. The adjustment period for the bone in the mouth is about 6 months. During that time the bone that previously held your teeth will be resorbed by the body. This will make your denture loosen up. If you did nothing but have your teeth pulled and leave with this temporary you would have a very poor fitting denture fairly quickly. You will have to come back for adjustments on this temporary denture as the bone adjusts. This is normal and does not mean that they did a bad job with the denture. If you start feeling like the denture becomes loose and you are having a hard time with it call and have it adjusted. They expect you to. In about 6 months you will go back and go through the process of making a denture again. Impressions, picking a shade and all that stuff you did this time. That denture, your permanent may also need some adjustments, but not as much as the temporary.

      Also, getting a full denture for the first time has a big learning curve. You are like a baby learning to eat, speak and function all over again. Take your time. You can't expect to feel like yourself right away. Even after you are no longer in pain you will be adjusting. You may even notice that things don't taste the same anymore. You have taste buds on the roof of your mouth too, and now they are covered in plastic. It is not all bad news though. You won't have pain in those teeth up top, I'm sure that there was a reason you had to get them pulled. Take care of your new dentures and they will serve you well. Ask for help from your dentist when you need it, never try to suck it up and deal with uncomfortable dentures. Always take them out at night so your gums have time to rest. Soak them overnight and clean them with a nonabrasive soap, hand soap like dial works well because it isn't abrasive and is antibacterial. Toothpaste is abrasive and can scratch the plastic making little groves for stain to become trapped. Good luck with your new dentures. Hope you start feeling better soon. If there are any other dental hygiene related questions I can help you with visit my site http:// www.helpmehygienist.com.

  35. QUESTION:
    If i smoke 3 days after wisdom teeth extraction?
    If I smoke after 3 days of having all 4 or my wisdom teeth surgically removed, mean i'll get a dry socket? Please help ive stopped smoking for 3 days and I couldn't take it any longer. I tried but failed. Does this mean i'll get a dry socket and be in more pain than I already am?

    • ANSWER:
      When I got my wisdom teeth taken out, I would put gauze over my holes and bite down to protect them from the sucking made when I smoked. BUT...It didnt work. I got dry sockets and trust me, you DO NO WANT TO RISK GETTING THEM! I got them on both the bottom holes along with a horrible infection from not brushing the holes out. I have never been in that amount of pain in my entire life. I will never ever forget it. Then, I had to drive an hour away to my dentist every day for a week while they packed these HORRIBLE tasting medicated strips down into the holes with a sharp poker thing and packed the holes. Every day I had to go back and let them pull the old ones out and replace them. It was absolutely a nightmare. It was NOT worth smoking trust me. If you let them heal, you can start back to smoking and be fine...but when your mouth hurts that bad from dry sockets, you are not going to want to smoke again for a long time. Just try a patch for the next week while they heal...trust me, you will be so grateful you didnt smoke!!

  36. QUESTION:
    I wake-up every morning with coagulated all over my teeth, is it still clotting correctly?
    I just had my operation finished on Monday and its Thursday. My right side is perfectly fine but the left, every morning has been covering my tooth in blood and its all gooey and gross. There is still essence of blood in my drool and i have little to no pain, should i be worried? any experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that there is no pain is a good sign. The extraction site is healing. You should have an appointment scheduled in the next few days for a follow-up. The dentist or oral surgeon will examine the extraction sites to see how they are healing. If you don't have this appointment scheduled, schedule one.

      Signs of Infection:
      01. Swelling
      (Sometimes swelling occurs after an extraction, but will decrease each day. If infected, the swelling gets worse or will not decrease each day.)

      02. Pain
      (It's common to have sensitivity and pain after an extraction, but if infection is present, the pain increases.)

      03. Bad taste (sometimes a salty taste)

      04. White or yellow discharge

      05. Fever

      Sometimes one tooth requires more work to extract than another tooth and the extraction site can bleed more and take longer to heal than another extraction site in the mouth. This is normal. You still want to have your mouth examined just to make sure the socket is healing as expected.

      Keep the area as clean as possible to reduce the chance of an infection developing. Continue to follow the after care instructions you were given. Brush and rinse gently. Try not to pick at the area, play with it with your tongue, and the likes. Just follow the hygiene instructions and then try and leave the area be to not interfere with the healing.

  37. QUESTION:
    what are some tips on how to avoid dry socket?
    im going to the dentist tomarrow to get my wisdom teeth pulled and ive heard that i cant close my mouth or suck, otherwise i will get dry socket. what are some good tips im avoiding it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some tips on how to prevent dry socket:

      1. Pre-operative oral hygiene - have your teeth cleaned before extraction to reduce plaque and bacteria
      2. Use mouthwash with 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate just before surgery and as irrigation after extraction
      3. Stop smoking prior to surgery and 2 weeks after extraction
      4. Avoid vigorous mouth rinse for the first 24 hours after extraction
      5. Use gentle toothbrush and gentle mouth rinse with 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate for at least a week after extraction
      6. Follow the dentist instruction and see the dentist immediately if the pain increase after few days or bad taste coming out from the wound
      7. For women who use oral contraceptives; schedule surgery during days 23 through 28 of the tablet cycle

  38. QUESTION:
    My wisdom teeth are comming out and it is so painful?
    What can I do to decrease the pain? My lower jaw is swollen what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never had any problems with my wisdom teeth. I do suggest you consult your dentist right away and have the wisdom teeth removed if necessary according to the dentist.

      Impacted wisdom teeth fall into one of several categories. Mesioangular impaction is the most common form (43%), and means the tooth is angled forward, towards the front of the mouth. Vertical impaction (38%) occurs when the formed tooth does not erupt fully through the gum line. Distoangular impaction (6%) means the tooth is angled backward, towards the rear of the mouth. And finally, Horizontal impaction (3%) is the least common form, which occurs when the tooth is angled fully ninety degrees forward, growing into the roots of the second molar.

      Typically distoangular impactions are the easiest to extract in the maxilla and most difficult to extract in the mandible, while mesioangular impactions are the most difficult to extract in the maxilla and easiest to extract in the mandible.

      Impacted wisdom teeth may also be categorized on whether they are still completely encased in the jawbone. If it is completely encased in the jawbone, it is a bony impaction. If the wisdom tooth has erupted out of the jawbone but not through the gum line, it is called a soft tissue impaction.

      Sometimes the wisdom tooth fails to erupt completely through the gum bed and the gum at the back of the wisdom tooth extends over the biting surface, forming a soft tissue flap or lid around the tooth called an operculum. Teeth covered by an operculum can be difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Additional cleaning techniques can include using a needle-less plastic syringe to vigorously wash the tooth with moderately pressured water or to softly wash it with hydrogen peroxide.

      However, debris and bacteria can easily accumulate under an operculum, which may cause pericoronitis, a common infection problem in young adults with partial impactions that is often exacerbated by occlusion with opposing 3rd or 2nd molars. Common symptoms include a swelling and redness of the gum around the eruption site, difficulty in opening the mouth, a bad odor or taste in the mouth, and pain in the general area which may also run down the entire lower jaw or possibly the neck. Untreated pericoronitis can progress to a much more severe infection.

      If the operculum does not disappear, recommended treatment is extraction of the wisdom tooth. An alternative treatment involving removal of the operculum, called operculectomy, has been advocated. There is a high risk of permanent or temporary numbness of the tongue due to damage of the nerve with this treatment and it is no longer recommended as a standard treatment in oral surgery.

      Please see the link below about wisom teeth.

  39. QUESTION:
    Bad pain and taste 4 days after tooth extraction?
    4 days ago I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth Out and I have followed all the directions. So the right side has a very minimal amount of pain while the left sides really hurts. It hurts in between the teeth and the cheek or the jaw. And sometimes a small amount of pain all the way up to my ear sometimes. Then this morning this terrible taste started up in my mouth. So I was just wondering what was wrong or what to do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have developed an infection, call the surgeon on Monday.

  40. QUESTION:
    if you have a bad taste in your mouth does it also mean you have bad breath?
    i got my wisdom teeth taken out a week ago and i have a bad taste in my mouth now from it,aawful.
    the dentist told me it was normal and it happens because of the extraction,
    but im self conscious because im not sure if i have horrible dragon breath from it
    or not..eh?

    • ANSWER:
      It's just your mouths way of telling you that something funny happened to it and that it's working on healing up. Ask your doctor if there is a mouth wash he can reccommend or something to help if it's unbearable. Otherwise, just brush as normal (make sure to brush your tongue! A lot of people don't!) and floss/rinse as usual. Maybe carry mints until you're feeling 100%. I really like Sensodyne's mouthwash. Try to avoid Listerine because it contains alcohol which might irritate your healing mouth. It also works really well on a sore jaw.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is getting teeth pulled as bad as it sounds?
    i might have to get four teeth pulled, and i was wondering, does it really hurt that bad? im really scared, so just tell me, is it really that painful?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay honey, this is NOT what you want to hear, but it's better to be prepared.

      i just had two teeth yanked out last night. They gave me so much Novocaine that my entire face up to my forehead was numb. The needles hurt the same as any injection but that's just a little pinch and over extremely quickly.

      And that is the only pain you will feel (should feel) during your procedure.

      You will feel a lot of tugging and pulling on your jaw, and this might make you uncomfortable, it did me. But after you ge the Novocaine, the sounds are the worst of it, and what you see if you open your eyes. i HIGHLY suggest keeping your eyes shut. a little bit of blood looks like a lot more when mixed with a bit of saliva.

      I have a saver dental phobia, so ((I know I'm just a big baby)) I was shaking and crying a bit. My husband held my hda and that helped a lot. I focused on the texture of his skin, the lines, his rough calisus. i memorized every millimeter of his hand, and that distracted me from the procedure.

      After the procedure- especially if you are dental phobic, you will be out of it. Have someone else to drive you and remember your care instructions.

      You will get a prescription for a pain killer (hydrocodine or percoset most likely unless you have allergies) and an anti-biotic. FILL THESE IMMEDIATELY!!! And take your first pain pill immediately! You DO NOT want to be without those pain killers when the Novocaine wears off! that was my mistake and OH I paid for it.

      Now that I have my pain killers in regular intervals, I am sore but it's manageable. And it's not that much worse than the pain the cavities were already inflicting on me.

      make sure to follow all of your dentists instructions! No using straws, smoking, eating crunchy or spicy food. ((It's been over 48 hours sine I ate. Still too sore to think about food.)) Instead of food, when my tummy gets upset I've been drinking a small glass of milk. It's cold, and filling. But anything you eat IMMEDIATELY drink water. Do not swish, just carefully drink.

      You need to be extremely careful eating and drinking. When the procedure is done, they will place gauze on the extraction area. Keep pressure on it! This gauze is what helps keep blood in place to clot. Keeping that blood clot in tact is one of the most important care instructions you will receive. It will help prevent infection or dry-socket which are both extremely painful, and help your gums heal faster.

      if you experience fever or any truly severe pain, or any really foul taste or smell coming from your sores for a long period of time, you might want to contact your dentist and see if you need to go back in- to make sure you do not have an infection.

      Mouth infections are extremely dangerous.

      So... Long story short, You will experience a couple of shots at the very beginning, and some soreness for a few days. But it is well worth it, and easily manageable with a little bit of knowledge.(and hydrocodine.lol)

      I know this was really long, but I hope it helps ease your mind a bit and makes your procedure a little easier on you.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you got dry socket?
    I had four wisdom teeth pulled Thursday Jan.28th 2010. and i feel so much better just a little scared to eat meats and rice and i am afraid of getting dry socket.

    • ANSWER:
      A dry socket will usually occur on the 3rd or 4th day following the surgery. It will almost always be on the lowers. The main symptom is excruciating pain that radiates through the whole side and into the ear. It will be far worse than the pain from the trauma of the extractions. There may also be a vile taste in your mouth. The treatment would be to see the dentist to have him pack the socket with a medicated dressing. Tat being said, you do not have a dry socket at this point.

  43. QUESTION:
    how long do you bleed after a tooth extraction?
    i have a headache now...of course and it's been about an hour and a half. and i am still seeing blood when i spit. so. how long does it last? and when should i start worrying?

    • ANSWER:
      My boyfriend, his sister, and myself all had our wisdom teeth taken out within a month of each other. Both of them only bleed for a few hours. However, I bleed all of the first day and some into the next, while still being able to taste blood in my food and drinks for over a week (nasty). I understand your headache, I had one for two weeks afterwards, but then I had dry socket, which is the worst thing I have ever felt in my life. Do NOT spit (I did)! Do NOT drink for a straw! Do NOT smoke! Do NOT rinse forcefully! If you do this or anything to unclog your blood clot you will get dry socket (take it from me, you do NOT want this).DO change those little paper things they gave you every 30 mins. Do apply a cold pack to your cheeks (mine did not swell at all, but I was taking alot of ibrophen-3 pills 3 times a day as the doctor told me- along with my other medication, my boyfriend looked like a chipmuck becuase he didn't take any at all- but if your doctor did not tell you to do this, you should ask first). And make sure you start cleaning out the area after 2-3 days with water (maybe they gave you an irragator?). Rinse with salt water (gently) to keep your mouth clean. Take whatever medicine your doctor gave you right away ... I waited a few hours, the numbing went away, and I wanted to die. Hope this helped.

  44. QUESTION:
    I had my lower left wisdom tooth pulled four days ago. Should I still be un pain?
    I am 38 so I didn't know if age has anything to do with it? I have a metallic taste in my mouth too, but my dentist said that is normal. The pain can be pretty intense lasting about a minute then it subsides. I am just freaked out about dry socket. Could this pain be that or just still sore from having my mouth and jaw tugged on? My dentist said the pain I'm having could be sensitive teeth around where my tooth was pulled.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain, swelling, bleeding and bruising can occur 2-3 days after the wisdom extraction. Some people have pain up to a week but this should be bearable with pain killers. If the pain keeps you awake at night, you cant eat, you have a bad taste, then you prob have a dry socket. Keep an eye on any swelling as this should be soft swelling and not hard, if it is hard then it could be infected. Give it 2 more days and if you are still the same then you have a dry socket or possible infection.

  45. QUESTION:
    i have a bad taste in my mouth 1 week after having a tooth extraction. is this normal?
    i had my tooth extracted last weekend, it seems to be healing ok, although the gum is still a little sore but i have a bad taste and smell in my mouth coming from the hole where the tooth was. is this normal, will it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      I work for an oral surgeon, and when we hear that people have an abnormally bad taste in their mouth, we call them in right away. It is almost always a sign of an infection. It is no big deal if you get it treated right away, but it can become life threatening if you ignore it. And the person who said it was a dry socket probably drank some antifreeze as a child.

  46. QUESTION:
    What do I do after wisdom teeth extraction?
    I'm 16 years old and I recently got my bottom two wisdom teeth removed (9 days ago) because of tmj problems. The swelling has gone down immensely but i still feel aching and soreness on both sides of my mouth. The rest of my teeth on the bottom ache too, especially the molars in the back. I dont know if i have dry sockets but i doubt it cuz the pain isnt all THAT bad. I've been taking motrin for the past couple days and that keeps me going but i dont know how long this'll last. I was on antibiotics that the oral surgeon perscribed me with for the past week to prevent infection. Should i be worried? Along with this, food keeps getting stuck in the holes left behind and it leaves this disgusting taste and smell in my mouth. I read that the doctor should have given me a water syringe thingie to clean it out with, but he didnt. Does anyone know where i can get one of those and what they look like? the areas are still kinda tender so it sometimes bleeds when i brush. Is that normal?

    • ANSWER:
      some craft stores sell something called a glue syringe. aleene's glue used to sell a pack that came with one. it looks like a syringe w a curved tip instead of a needle. the bleeding is normal i think, just dont brush hard back there. ask ur doc just incase. my teeth ached a while too, cuz they have room to move around, it will stop soon. everything sounds like the standard tooth extraction blues lol. i had all 4 of mine out at once n it was rough, but i was glad i did it.

  47. QUESTION:
    Foul smell and taste after wisdom teeth extraction?
    I got my bottom wisdom teeth taken out about three days ago and yesterday I noticed that the sockets have been emitting a very rancid taste and smell. After brushing my teeth, it feels as if it doesn't do any good. I'm worried about rinsing with mouthwash/salt water to get rid of it because of dry socket? What else can I do to get rid of it as it's very repulsive?

    • ANSWER:
      During the period of formation of clot in the exposed extraction site of wisdom tooth and coupled with presence of bacteria in the mouth, one can have bad smell coming from there shortly after the surgery. Further this can be accompanied by bad tasting fluid seeping from extraction site. This bad smell and fluid can continue upto maximum 2 weeks after the surgery. All these increase the importance of follow up appointment with dentist within 7-10 days of surgery.You can use warm saline rinses or the mild antiseptic mouth wash as prescribed by the dentist. Warm saline rinses and mouthwash should be done gently and not vigorously.
      For more info,visit the link http://www.identalhub.com/article_problems-after-removal-of-wisdom-teeth-254.aspx

  48. QUESTION:
    methods for faster healing after wisdom teeth extractions?
    Man, This Thursday im getting all 4 wisdom teeth out. Some say it hurts for week and others for only a few days. I'm hoping if anybody has any of the answers to the questions.

    How to stop the swelling.
    What kind of food should i eat.
    Reduce the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh you poor thing - I'm not sure, I've not had my wisdom teeth out... When I was 11, I had 8 of my back teeth out and can remember holding a bath towel coming home to soak up the blood.... and my Mum feeding me Bovril.. Years later my naughty Dentist said "I'll have those soon", gesturing towards my Wisdom teeth - and I said, "No you won't" and they are still fine and working well some 24 years or so later!!

      I have recently undergone much more serious operations and found that the waiting is the worst thing - there are always others in the hospital worse off that you.. I have had a full abdominal hysterectomy, with bonuses, which involved two long operations - I am sure that, you being male, your teeth will be worse!!

      I recommend ibuprofen (unless the hospital gives you something stronger) and alternating hot and cold compresses to the lower face and neck (the good old stand by of a bag of frozen peas and a wheat bag which warms in the microwave)... These are great for swelling and very comforting.

      Have a good supply - for when you get home - of ice-cream, yoghurt and soups, just in case you don't fancy proper food - and don't forget the Bovril (the salt is great for healing the gums)...

      In case you have bad problems stock up with a bottle of Cordysl mouth wash - not a nice taste but medically far superior to others - and one of those tiny bottles of Anbesol which you can apply directly to the gum to deaden any pain (almost failproof - no good for absess but has worked on everything else...

      There - you thought I wasn't going to be helpful, didn't you!!

      Good Luck for Thursday - I hope it all goes well...

  49. QUESTION:
    Strange taste in mouth after tooth extraction?
    I had one of my back molars removed 3 weeks ago. I can feel the gum growing over the extraction site, so no dry sockets. However, from time to time, I get a weird taste in my mouth emanating from the site.
    I'm pretty sure its pus, but there is absolutely no pain, just this weird taste? anybody experience anything similar?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi..You need to see your dentist ASAP as you may have an infection in the extraction site...It's very important you don't ignore this as the infection can get into the blood stream and if you happen to have other health issues the infection from the extraction site can make the other issues worse..See you Dentist ASAP.
      The Denture Pro.

  50. QUESTION:
    I just got my Wisdom Teeth out; what's the yellow stuff I keep spitting out?
    I got my wisdom teeth out about a week ago, and aside from a little pain on my jawline, it seems fine.
    But whenever I'd rinse my mouth (Or tilt my head up, something would rip or burst) I'd spit out this gross tasting yellow stuff with chunks. It's really disgusting. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      If it has a bad odor, bad taste, it may be pus IF there is still severe to moderate pain in the extraction site which IF present may develop a dry socket BUT most probably it is an accumulated plaque as a result of ignored mouth health and hygiene, for more info contact me as ahmadhashem41 at yahoo, same name for YM

bad taste in mouth after tooth extraction

Leave a Reply