Why You Get Swollen Cheeks After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why You Get Swollen Cheeks After Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom Teeth Cheeks Puffy
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If you’ve had your wisdom teeth out, the picture above probably looks familiar.

When I got my wisdom teeth out around ten years ago, our insurance wouldn’t cover all four teeth. Sadly, my family was a little short on cash, so my mom decided that I would get my top wisdom teeth out, then wait until the next year to get my bottom wisdom teeth out. That way, it wouldn’t cost us any money out of pocket.

Plus, I had the experience of getting my wisdom teeth taken out… twice.

Luckily my cheeks didn’t get swollen as badly the second time around.

If you want to know why dentists usually remove wisdom teeth, read the article Why Dentists Extract Wisdom Teeth

Why Your Cheeks Get Swollen After Your Wisdom Teeth are Removed

Swollen Cheeks After Wisdom Teeth RemovalYour cheeks get puffy and swollen after your wisdom teeth are removed because your body is going through a process that will help heal the damaged tissue.  Getting your wisdom teeth taken out can be a traumatic experience for your body.  It responds by trying to heal the extraction site as quickly as possible.  Inflammation and swelling helps this healing occur.

It is important to know that the swelling is a normal, healthy response that your body is mounting due to the trauma from the extractions.

How Long Will You Have Puffy, Swollen Cheeks?

The book Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery reports that swelling reaches a maximum anywhere from 24-48 hours after removal of the wisdom teeth.  One study has reported that cheek swelling after wisdom teeth removal peaks around 24 hours after the surgery (source.)  If the swelling is stillgetting worse three days after the extractions, it could be a sign of infection and you might want to give your dentist/oral surgeon a call.

Note that infections after routine extractions are rare. The oral surgery book listed above states, “The typical signs [of infection] are development of a fever, increasing [swelling] or worsening pain 3 to 4 days after surgery. Infected wounds look inflamed, and some [pus] is usually present.”

The puffiness and swelling will start to decrease approzimately three to four days after the wisdom teeth extraction and should completely subside about one week after the extractions.

It is normal to have more swelling in the mornings and then have it gradually subside throughout the day as you stand up and the fluid drains due to the force of gravity.

How to Reduce Cheek Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you don’t want to look like a chipmunk after your wisdom teeth are removed, here are a few suggestions:

Dexamethasone for Relieving Swelling after Wisdom Teeth Removal1 – Ask the oral surgeon if he or she can get you some corticosteroids. There have been some studies (here’s one) that suggest that steroids can reduce cheek swelling after the wisdom teeth are removed.

The book  Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery recommends the steroid dexamethasone to control “postsurgical edema” (which means “swelling after surgery”) and had the following to say about this subject:

Dexamethasone is a long-acting steroid and its efficacy in controlling third molar postsurgical edema is documented.  This drug can then be continued in an oral dose of 0.75 to 1.25 mg twice a day for 2 to 3 days to continue edema control.

2 – Heat applied on the third day after surgery can help reduce cheek swelling. Be sure to use water that isn’t too hot – you don’t want to damage your skin!  Heating pads and hot water pads are good suggestions.

Don’t apply heat until at least the third day after wisdom teeth extraction.

3 – Keep your head elevated. If you keep your head elevated, it is harder for the fluid to stay up in your head due to the force of gravity.  If you spend a lot of time lying down in bed,  you may find that you have puffier cheeks!

Conclusion

Do you have any questions or comments about wisdom teeth removal and its associated cheek swelling?  If so, please leave them below in the comments section.

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167 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, uhm, i got 3 of my wisdom teeth pulled out on friday november 26 and they are still swolen and today is november 30th. is it possible for them to stay puffy forever? and if there is an infection, what kind of infection could it be?

    • Hi Brittany – Sometimes swelling stays around for a while. As long as the swelling and pain aren’t getting worse, it could be that you’re just taking a while to recover.

      Your cheeks won’t stay puffy forever. I was a teenager when I got my wisdom teeth taken out, so I know that it can seem like an eternity! Hang in there, and you’ll be just fine.

      Infections are VERY rare. If you have a LOT of pain and you’re getting pus draining out, then you should definitely go see your dentist/oral surgeon.

      I hope that helps, if you have any other questions, just leave another comment. Thanks for your comment!

      • I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out on August 1st and it’s now quiet 3rd. Do you think the swollen cheeks will be gone by the 5th? It’s been pretty puffy yesterday and this morning so I’m afraid I won’t be able to go back to work on Friday. Will using a heating pad be more efficient? Or an ice pack? Thanks:)

        • Hi Cindy – The swelling depends on how invasive the surgery was and how quickly your body can repair the spot where the tooth used to be.

          You can read the section “How to Reduce Cheek Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal” for some tips on the heating pad/ice issue.

          I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Cindy. Let me know if you have any other questions.

          • Hi Tom, I had a coronectomy last week which is where they remove the crown of the tooth and leave the other part in because they didnt want to risk removal of all as it was to near to the nerve.

            I went back today after a week due to severe pain last night, she treated me for dry socket. She said my skin cheek was overlapping my back tooth so where I been biting I am biting down on my cheek, as at time I was concerned about the hole I didnt think to ask about the swollen inner cheek situation.

            Where the cheek is at the back on the last tooth thats where it overlaps and those parts are white not pink coloured.

            Does this mean I will have to have on going treatment now or will my cheek go back on its own one swelling gone down?

            The swelling on my outer cheek has now gone down but I did have a bruise there for a couple of days.

            It was my lower left wisdom which was impacted so have to be cut out by oral surgeon.

      • hey , i had 8 wisdom teeth! two in each socket, i had 4 out 6 months ago & the last 4 out 2 days ago & let me tell you i look like a chipmunk : ( . the first time i got them out i was puffy for about 5-6 days and then i had some burseing after that,but it is rare to get an infection. just drink plenty of fluids & take you meds. i feel your pain i hate the puffy cheecks its epremely hard to eat!

    • Hi I had all four wisdom teeth out about a month ago i was with puffy cheecks for a about a week and a day, todays the 29/03/12 and i think ive got an infeccion it feels horrible, like they just took another two out, i look like a squirrel with to much food in one side of my mouth it happend before but on the other side and fortunately i’ve got some amoxicillin but i don’t know if i should take them or what :S

    • Hi Tom,

      I had maxiofacial surgery a year and a half ago for and underbite, and i still feel my face very much swollen. Is this normal?

  2. its it normal for my cheeks to get more swollen the day after the removal rathather then the daay of the removal?

    • Hi Yessenia – Yes, it is normal. Your cheeks continue to get more swollen one to two days after you have your wisdom teeth removed. On the day that they are removed, your cheeks are just beginning to swell.

      Don’t worry, the swelling is natural and it eventually does go away! Thanks for your question. I hope that helps.

  3. Hi, I had my wisdom teeth taken out 1 week ago and there is still swelling that isn’t going down and a lot of pain also. One of my stitches has started to come out, and I am not sure if they are the one that dissolve or not. I don’t know what to do, so can you give me a suggestion?

    • Hi Autumn – Did your oral surgeon make an appointment with you to have your stitches taken out? If not, then they probably are the ones that dissolve. If there is pain that is getting worse and swelling that’s getting worse one week later, it would be a good idea to get in touch with your oral surgeon and find out if something is wrong.

      If I were you, I would give them a call and let them know what’s going on. Since they are the ones that pulled the teeth, they’ll know what kind of complications might be more likely in your situation. I hope that helps. Have a merry Christmas!

  4. Hi I had my wisdom teeth pulled out on June 23rd, 2011 and t’s now the 25th.
    Is it normal for my swollen cheeks to get stuck between my teeth when I bite down? And why is one side of my face more swollen than the other? In the back of my mouth, there is a red spot that seems to be swollen, I dont know if it’s infected or if it’s just part of the healing process.
    Thank you!!

    • Hi Christian – With the swelling, it is possible to bite down on your cheek tissue. One side could be more swollen than the other if the wisdom tooth was buried deeper in the bone and required a more invasive surgical procedure to remove that particular tooth.

      The socket where the tooth used to be may be red for a until it heals. Infections are pretty rare, but it’s always safe to check with your oral surgeon/dentist to make sure that everything is healing properly. I hope that helps, Christian!

  5. Hi, I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed about 11 hours ago, when do I start getting puffy cheeks? And am I supposed to use a icepack? And when could I apply a heating pad? and will I get bruises on my face, why and when will the bruises show?

    • Hi Linda – Usually the swelling builds up gradually and reaches its maximum 1-2 days after the extractions. At my dental school we tell people that to reduce swelling, they should apply an ice pack on the skin over the extraction site 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off for the first 6-8 hours. I’m not sure about the heating pad. If I remember right, I got bruises when my lower wisdom teeth were removed, but not when I had my uppers taken out.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Linda!

  6. It has been 48 hours since my top and bottom wisdom teeth on my right side
    have been extracted. On the cheek near the bottom stitches I seem to have developped
    what looks like a canker sore. It’s protruding like a hill right and has a white tip. Is it an infection?
    I have rinsed with mouth wash the first day after eating. And am now rinsing with salt water. It hurts a lot even though I’m on pain killers. I have been wearing an ice pack but the swelling is still present. What should I do?

    • Hi Rita – Without seeing it, I really can’t tell you what it is. If you’re unsure, it wouldn’t hurt to call your dentist/oral surgeon to see if they can let you know what’s going on. I wish I could be of more help. Thanks for your comment!

  7. Hi, I had all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth removed on June 29th. Tomorrow will be July 3rd making it 5 days since the day of surgery. I am also 19 years old. The swelling has gone down a lot & its peak was during the 24-48 hour mark. However, I have a double chin now. When will this go away? Is it possible to stay like this permanantely? Also, I stopped taking the hydrocodone prescribed because it was making me feel very nauseated. I am taking an antibiotic regularly, but I am still experiencing some discomfort & throbbing. It comes & goes. I have been rinsing my mouth with salt water & I have also been using peridex to rinse my mouth every morning and every night. Since its been several days since surgery, can I still use ice packs to numb the pain? I switched to a hot towel after the 48 hour mark but I think the heat was the cause of more headaches. Thanks for your time.

    • Hi Ester – I imagine that the swelling by your chin will eventually go down. I remember it seemed like it took about a week for my swelling to go away when I had my wisdom teeth taken out. Discomfort is normal after getting teeth out, but that should eventually go away if everything is healing up nicely. Your dentist/surgeon is the best source to find out what you can do if you have any lingering problems.

      I hope that helps, Esther. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  8. Hi. I just had my lower right impacted tooth removed. I’m planning to wear braces (the second time, because I didn’t wear the temporary braces). I had the surgery on July 4, and now it’s July 6. My cheek is still swollen, and under chin is actually a bit bruised too. I’m having difficulties to open my mouth. What should I do to make this swollen go away? I still have lower left impacted tooth and both mandibular first premolars to get pulled out.

    • Hi Inez – Since it’s already been a couple of days, the swelling has probably already peaked and your body will naturally get rid of the swelling as time goes by.

      With impacted teeth, we have to remove bone and it can be a little more traumatic to your mouth. Good luck with the rest of your extractions and the braces!

      I hope that helps, Inez. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  9. Hi, I had my wisdom teeth out on Tuesday, and the pain isn’t all that bad, but the swelling is terrible. My oral surgeon said not to use ice after 24 hours, so how can I make the swelling go down? Thanks alot!

    • Hi Anongirl3212 – Nice name. The textbook Contemporary Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery says that you can use ice in the first 24 hours, but on the second day, no ice or heat should be applied. It then states, “On the third and subsequent postoperative days, application of heat may help to resolve the swelling more quickly. Heat sources such as hot water bottles and heating pads are recommended. Patients should be warned to avoid high-level heat for long periods to keep from injuring the skin.”

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

  10. Hi, one more question. I had all four wisdom teeth out on Tuesday, but I’m scared to take a hot shower. I’m tired of cold showers :(. Will it slow the healing process if I take a hot shower??

    • Hi Anongirl3212 – I’m not aware of any studies showing that a hot shower would slow the healing process. Did someone tell you that it would? Let me know.

      Thanks for your comment!

  11. Hi Tom, your answer to my question is so helpful. Thank you :-)

    One more question. It’s the fourth day after the extraction, I still have the swollen cheek. This morning I was brushing my teeth carefully, after I gargled, there was a bit blood. Is that normal? I get all paranoid night and day toward this condition. I still feel a bit sore, but i think it’s normal because you said I just had traumatic experience. I’m sorry for the way I write, English is not my first language :) :)

    • Hi Inez – I’m glad it helped! My guess is that the toothbrush probably disturbed the extraction area and it caused you to bleed. Soreness is definitely normal. If you experience prolonged bleeding that won’t stop, that’s not normal. It sounds like everything is healing well.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Inez!

  12. One of my friends had her wisdom teeth out as well, and when she took a hot shower, it loosened the blood clot and caused her to get dry socket.

    • Got it. I haven’t heard of dry socket from a shower before, but I guess it’s possible. Usually we see dry socket occurring because the patient was sucking on something (cigarrette, straw, etc.) which loosens the blood clot.

  13. I promise this is the last question I have! Ok, so I had all 4 wisdom teeth out a week ago, and I was wondering when it would be okay to chew with the back teeth? Thank you for all your help!

    • Hi Anongirl – It’s a good idea to take it easy by eating soft foods. Once you feel like you can chew those without any pain, then it’s probably alright to move on to harder foods. If you feel pain, that’s a sign that you need to back off and let your tissue heal some more. Your dentist/oral surgeon can give you more information about any special precautions you need to take depending on how your surgery went.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  14. Hi there,
    I had all four wisdom teeth extracted in two sittings over the past 6 weeks. One of the lower teeth was so deeply impacted that the dentist had to remove some bone to get at it. I was in considerable pain following the surgery and swelled up like a chipmunk for the next few days. I went back to have the stitches removed almost three weeks later (I also had to get a porcelain inlay in another tooth) and all seemed well. However, a week later (almost a month after the wisdom tooth removal/bone removal), my face/cheek/jaw had started to swell up hugely! It’s really quite sore and feels really hard, almost as if I have a golf ball in my jaw/cheek. Is this normal? There are no bad smells so I don’t think it’s infected. I find it odd as it seemed to be getting better, there was no swelling, and then, in the past few days, it’s been getting worse, more swollen and harder. Do you have any idea what’s going on? I’ve been taking ibuprofen but it’s making no difference. I hope you can help! Thanks. Gayle

    • Hi Gayle – It’s not normal to get swollen again a few weeks after the surgery. Perhaps an infection got in after the stitches were removed. In any case, it’s definitely something that you should check with your dentist about to see what’s going on. Hopefully it will get resolved.

      I hope that helps, Gayle. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment!

      • Thanks for the advice Tom! You were absolutely right about the infection. I went back to the dentist and yes, I had a pretty bad infection. He put me on a course of antibiotics for two weeks – a combination of amoxycillin and metronizadole and it’s pretty much ok now although I still feel there’s a bit of a lump there. I’m hopeful it will be 100% ok in a few weeks. Thanks again! Gayle

  15. Hi,

    I had my wisdom teeth out on Thursday and have had the usual pain and swelling, particularly on my left side. I am starting to worry today as the swelling has not gone down on the left side, and I can feel a (possibly fluid filled) lump on my cheek. It is preventing me from opening my mouth properly and I have only been able to eat soft food.

    Is this normal? Should I go see my dentist tomorrow if it is still there?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Mary – Sometimes the swelling can take a long time to go down. It can take as long as a week for the swelling to resolve. If you have any questions specific to your treatment, I’d recommend calling your dentist. One of the side effects of getting a tooth pulled out can be the inability to open your mouth very wide at all.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Mary!

  16. Hi, I got all 4 wisdom teeth pulled out on Wednesday morning but I still have trouble eating and drinking liquids because of my swollen cheeks but I was wondering if everything will be better by Sunday afternoon to eat not hard foods but just regular safe food comfortably. p.s What are exactly what you consider hard foods??

    • Hi Michael – Everyone heals at a different rate. The swelling should be going down by Sunday, but you may be still slightly swollen. We generally consider “hard foods” to be things like pretzels, chips, and any other hard things that could irritate your gums or get stuck and infected down where your teeth used to be.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for your comment, Michael. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  17. its been 3 days since i got mine taken out nd my mom says its getting worse i havent been taking the penicilin like im suppose to is that the problem nd i SERIOUSLY NEED YOUR HELP I LOOK LIKE A CHIPMUNK!!!!!!!!?????

    • Hi Jan – I’m not sure if the penicillin is the problem. The swelling can take some time to resolve, even up to a week. There are some suggestions above in the article that can help you under the heading How to Reduce Cheek Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Jan. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  18. I got all of my wisdom teeth extract yesterday. Nothing hurts except my cheek is almost like in my gum where my tooth used to be on the bottom side. So I can not chew with out causing pain. Is this normal?

    • Hi Pat – Depending where the tooth was located, it could cause you to bite your cheek for a while. If it concerns you or doesn’t resolve with healing, then it would be a good idea to have it looked at.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Pat. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  19. I had lower impacted wisdom tooth extracted last Tues (4 days). Primary concern is that my jaw, tongue, mouth on that side still feels very numb after 3 days – is that normal? Wednesday, my jaw was really swollen, I generally felt beat up, and I commented on the numbness when I talked to my dentist Wed . Major problem: dental office open Mon-Thur – I’ve left 2 messages at his home – no response – probably out of town. Same dentist for 16 years – have excellent, trusting relationship – no one else to turn to. Extraction site doesn’t feel all that bad – I’m focused on the numbness – which may be a good thing or not. Could this be a drug reaction, or is it a result of the surgery? I just want to know if it’s normal to feel like the anesthetic is still active. Taking Rx: Hydrocodone (Vicodin) for pain; Cephalexin 500 mg antibiotic. p.s. I’m 72…need some PEACE.

    • Hi Nelia – The prolonged numbness sounds a lot like IA nerve paresthesia. This can occur after extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. Usually it is temporary and resolves within a few weeks/months. I would check with your dentist and see if he can offer you any advice on your specific situation.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Nelia. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  20. Hi Tom,
    I had my teeth removed 5 days ago and have not experienced any inflammation of my cheeks. I feel very lucky, but I am curious as to how rare this is? As I understand it, inflammation is our bodies natural mechanism to fighting and healing areas of damage within the body. So is it in any way bad that my body did not mount an inflammatory response?

    I promise, there has been NO inflammation at all :)

    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Lauren – The degree of inflammation depends a lot on where your wisdom teeth are located, how big they are, how developed they are, etc. If the dentist/surgeon doesn’t have to remove very much bone to get your wisdom teeth out, then you will likely not have very much inflammation. If the surgery is more invasive, there will probably be a lot more inflammation. I’ve taken out back teeth where we’ve had to remove bone, and the patient usually gets more inflammation then front teeth that come out very easily and heal quickly.

      In any case, extracting teeth is a big deal – we’re removing an appendage from your body. You may have had a very slight amount of inflammation that wasn’t noticeable to you :-)

      I hope that helps – I can’t give an exact percentage, because everyone’s teeth are different and all oral surgeons have varying techniques that they use. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Lauren!

  21. Hello Tom,
    I had my 3 wisdom teeth removal on Monday. Only one side of my cheeks (Partial bony) starts swollen today (Tue). I have been eating yogurt and soup these days. Can I brush my teeth with toothpaste during healing? I am used to using dental floss to clean my teeth. I can’t do it due to the soreness of my cheek. I am afraid the wound will get infected if my teeth are not clean enough. when the sitches remove, do i need to be more careful of cleaning my mouth?
    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Chloey – We usually advise patients to brush their teeth, but to not brush near the extraction sites. It’s a good idea to be careful until healing is completed. We usually recommend mixing a small amount of salt with warm water and rinsing with that to clean out any food debris left in your mouth after eating. I have seen people who don’t brush their teeth at all eventually heal fine. If you’re in doubt, you might want to get in touch with your oral surgeon to see what they recommend.

      I hope that helps, Chloey. Thanks for your comment! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  22. hi. i had all four wisdom teeth out last thursday. my left side is still kinda tender and swollen and i have noticed that i now have little skin flaps beside the first few back teeth on both top and bottom. is this a result of the swelling and will they go away once it subsides?

    • Hi Anna – The skin flaps are probably where the surgeon had to pull back the tissue in order to get your teeth out. Those will usually heal with time. The swelling means that your body is working to heal extraction areas.

      I hope that helps – Thanks for your comment, Anna. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  23. Hi,

    I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed Monday and have been brushing and flossing as usual. I have noticed an odor and bad taste in my mouth since the surgery. Is this normal and how long will it last? I do not have a dry socket since I have no pain. I have also been rinsing my mouth with salt water and using the syringe every time I eat.

    • Hi Jeannie – This can be normal depending on how much surgery was involved to get the teeth out. Sometimes the blood along with the stitches can leave a bad taste in your mouth. I would imagine that it will go away soon – if not, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure there’s nothing wrong by checking with your oral surgeon/dentist.

  24. Hi,
    My daughter who is 18 did oral surgery to remove all of her wisdom teeth on July 21 2011. Her oral surgeon prescribed her course of steroid and antibiotics for post op care and healing. She didn’t have much of swelling and her pain was well managed by ibuprofen only for a week. Her stitches were disolved and each surgical sites were healed very well. there’s only one hole like depressed area on her left lower side. I made an appointment with her oral surgeon to check her surgical site healing status and depressed area on Aug 7 2011. Her surgeon said surgical sites healed really well and should not worry about depressed area. He instructed to flush with syringe provided for two more weeks. Now she left home in MA for her college at Ithaca NY. But then, she called me saying that her right cheek started to swell. She does not have any pain or fever on the swelling area. It’s not the side with depressed hole like area. Luckily I am still at Ithaca with my daughter and checked her cheek swelling. It felt harder than normal cheek and swelling was not big. When I looked at inner side of swelling area it looked swollen toward teeth and skin color was whiter than normal pink color. I am thinking to take her to dentist making emergency appointment asap. But when I read web info I can probably use warm/hot towel or pad to the area to improve swelling. Could you please give me any suggestions? Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Miyoung – Yes, that can reduce normal swelling after wisdom teeth removal, but it sounds like your daughter’s swelling isn’t normal and there’s something else going on that is causing the swelling. I hope everything got worked out at her emergency dental appt.

  25. hi i got my wisdom teeth removed on the 31st it is now the 1st, on the left side it feels like i have flap of my gum on the side of my back tooth it also has a white colour to it. is this normal?

    • Hi Jenelle – It is likely that the surgeon had to cut int your gum tissue and make a flap in order to remove the tooth. It should eventually heal. If you have any concerns, I would talk with your oral surgeon/dentist directly.

      I hope that helps, Jenelle – Thanks for your comment! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  26. I had my wisdom teeth taken out on the 14th of July. My cheek was swollen so badly that I couldn’t eat solids for nearly 2 weeks, and in the end I got a part of my swollen cheek removed (like chopped off). Then it was fine for awhile. It’s now September 4th, and It’s swollen again… any suggestions or tips or advice?

    • Hi Thomas – If it is swollen again, my only advice is that there’s something wrong, so you should go get it checked out by your oral surgeon/dentist.

      I hope that helps – Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your comment, Thomas.

  27. I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled yesterday & my right cheek is swollen. I have read your responses above & I now know its normal. Should I use hot or cold pack on the cheek first? I have also read to use the packs in 20min intervals, is that sound advice? I took my hydrocodone for pain and etodoloc for inflimation as soon as I saw the swelling. Also, how will I brush my teeth; I have braces & I know they need to be brushed even though I have not eatin solid foods? Help! You’ve a big help for me above, my mind is at ease about the swelling I just want it reduced. Thank u in advance for your help!

  28. hey, im fifteen and im in highschool. I just got my wisdom teeth removed and the swelling is starting to go down but there is a lump in my left cheek, it doesnt hurt or anything, but it definately takes away from my appearance, i was just wondering if its normal or not?

  29. Hi I had my wisdom teeth out on Thursday morning. I am still in a lot of pain I have woke up this morning and my face seems more swollen than ever. I have got a nasty taste in my mouth it’s making me feel sick and I have smelly breath. Please can I have yr advice.
    I am doing a sponsored 6k jog today do u think I will be ok?

    Many Thanks
    Hayley

    • Hi Hayley, I’m no professional by any means, but I just had my wisdom teeth removed from top and bottom on right side of my mouth. I had complications with my bottom tooth and it caused an infection which caused really bad breath. I would go back to the dentist/oral surgeon to get it checked out because I had to go into immediate surgery when they found the infection to drain it. I haven’t been able to eat since Tuesday when I got my teeth pulled and it is now Saturday with really bad pain and swelling. I can’t even open my mouth to eat/drink/brush my teeth and barely talk. I hope what happened to me does not happen to you and good luck.

      ~Heather.

  30. Hi,

    i had 1 wisdom tooth removed 3 days ago. it was buried deep and took an hour to remove. They had to cut quite a bit of bone and gum away.

    i am pretty swollen which is to be expected however the part that was stitched has swollen over the top of my teeth, and now each time I talk it starts to bleed.

    Some people may be happy that I haven’t been able to talk! although i’m concerned this is effecting the healing. Is this normal or should I go back and see the surgeon?

    thanks

  31. I am no doctor or nurse but I would return to the doctor or at least give them a call ASAP. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth and stayed swollen pretty long due to that but I never experienced the symptoms you have stated. Keep me posted on your recovery and I do hope you feel better soon. I will be thinking of you.

  32. My aunt is 55yrs old she had removed her teeth 4 days before, the next day it starts swollen, however still swelling! one of neighbor given me advice eating Ice cream is best option for swollen get heal quickly. Is that good suggestions? but i was scare of septic taking cold items. But she takes proper medicine by doctors advice. Does it will take swelling to go down slowly?

  33. Hey I got my wisdom tooth extracted on Friday, I m very sick now, it hurts still and I feel dizzy all the time, I m so weak :( I cant eat or drink…everytime I try to eat, I feel a terrible pain ..what should I do??? I m taking some medicine 2 times a day but I dont think Im getting any better …

  34. And the dentist didnt mention anything about rinsing with a warm salted water… Should i do that ? Does it burn or hurt? Im so scared ,people ..this is really bad

    • Rinsing with salt water is a good idea 1/2 teaspoon to 4 0z of warm water , it will help to keep the site clean and fush out any food that might get in to your site. It also helps with pain and sweeling

  35. I got all 4 my out on march 1st its now march 5th almost the 6th… and im still haveing pain (not alot) and still really cant eat anything but for soft foods such as pudding and so on starting suck cuz I really went some real food!!

    and i still have little bit of puffyness and soonist my dr can get me in is the 7th.. everyone is saying I have dry shocket and im soo worried now I do.. But im not sure cuz like I said im not in pain to where I cant stand it.

    what do you think could it just be taking a little while for me to heal up?? Pain seems be staying at the same everyday and I cant fully open my mouth yet which i heard before ill be able open my mouth all the way could take up to two weeks which that sucks there to lol

  36. Hi again Tom!

    I got my second extraction on March 8 and it’s March 14 here. I regularly take a look at the stitches, check them out whether they’re still there or not. But I just checked and one of the stitches is gone and the gum is now open but there’s no blood flowing out. Should I be worried for this? Do I need to get another stitch?

  37. I had 1 wisdom tooth Removed this past monday and my cheecks are just now starting to go down , I was told to apply heat but when i do they become really puffy .
    Wondering if heat can cause inflamtion to become worse ?
    Ice seems to help it better then heat

  38. Hi,

    I got all four wisdom teeth out on Friday the 8th. It has been three days now and I have iced, heated, salt and water, mouth wash, antibiotics etc. but my cheeks are still puffy. I noticed tonight while applying my sockit oral hydrogel wound dressing some white puss coming from my back lower right side.

    I’m worried if I could already have an infection, or what is going on?

    Also why are my cheeks still so puffy/ in pain?

    Any help would be amazing!

  39. Hi, I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out exactly a week ago and the 2 on the right side arnt giving me any issues but my left side is throbbing and it hurts. I am done taking all of my steroids pack, amoxocillen, and have tried not to taking anymore hydros, nut the pain is bothering me and I think most of it is coming from my cheek, it hurts to touch it on that side and I can’t eat on that side, and it makes it hard to open my mouth because of pain as well. Is that normal for the cheek to hurt more then the tooth after a week of surgery?

  40. Hi. I had 2 wisdom teeth removed on Thursday evening at around 17.30pm they were both lower teeth and since the extraction my face is up like a balloon on both sides. The right side does seem to be worse than the left and i just cannot sleep as the pain is so bad. It feels like i am carrying a huge weight around my face it is that swelled and heavy. My right side bottom lip is still numb as is my chin on the right side. I was prescribed codeine as my main pain killer, paracetomol, ibruprofen and antibiotics and nothing seems to take the pain away. I am also gently swilling my mouth out with salt water. Is all of this normal?

  41. My 4 wisdom teeth are removed and my lower cheek has been broken and been put a lil forward ..
    My english isnt that good but I read all of these storys
    My surgery was 11 july 2012 and my cheek is veeeery swollen ..
    Ive got a bad headache because of the weight that Ive to carry..
    I cant eat anything Ive to drink special drinks to fill my stomach
    I hope the swollen cheeks will get less swollen soon :)

  42. hi, i just had 4 wisdom teeth pulled on tuesday 7/17/12.my cheeks are swollen now i don’t have allot of pain.i was wondering when can i put my retainer in again.do you think it will still fit my teeth.thanks sara

  43. hi
    i had one upper wisdom tooth removed three days ago, and yesterday a lower jaw normal tooth started giving me fairly bad pain, on the same side of my mouth as the wisdom tooth, i have also got flu like symptoms(swollen glands,headache, and feel pretty crap). The extraction wasn’t that painful and didn’t take long, the tooth wasn’t impacted, and i only had local anaestethic, there was no swelling or bleeding, and felt fine for the first two days after extraction. wondering if i have some sort of infection??

  44. Hi Tom, I’ve had two of my wisdom teeth removed. The one on lower jaw was horizontally impacted in my bone. The doctor had to drill the bone, cut the tooth into two and then take them out. On the day of surgery after 8 hours I had blood clots coming I put soaked gauze pad for 30 mins the bleeding stopped. And then after 4 hours it started to bleed again, blood clots almost felt like flesh. I’m on anti biotics too. Second day it didn’t bleed. Now today is the third day, swelling is there and the pain is bearable. Is there any chance that I might have dry socket since I lost my blood clots twice. Thank you.

  45. Had a coronectomy on my lower wisdom a week ago. went hosp today as agony last night, treated me for dry socket and she said my cheek is swollen over my back tooth, so when I eat I am biting onto my lip. At time was so worried the dry socket didnt think to ask of the swollen cheek really.

    Will my cheek go back to normal on its own once swelling reduces or will I have to have further treatment for this now? It looks a bit white there instead of pink where the over lapping of the cheek is on the back tooth.

  46. Hey Tom, i had my wisdom teeth removed on Monday 13th so its been 3 full days, i am still swollen and soar, and the soarness seems to be more on the side of my mouth up to my head then in my teeth. im using salt water rinse 4-5 times a day and taking amoxacillin to prevent infection. im just worried about getting dry socket, i have disolvable sutures also. what are my chances of getting dry socket? i had a hard time stopping the bleeding after sugury, took about 24 hours to fully stop

  47. i got my wisdom teeth removed about three days agao and my left side is non-swolen while my right cheek is swollen…??

    What does this mean?

  48. Hey,
    Well my question is that day before yesterday my wisdom tooth as taken off…and the swelling is still and it’s getting more and more it has reached to my eye.under my eye there is swelling as well.Could you please tell me if it’s normal.

  49. Hi Tom I Had 5 teeth out the other day and my right side is still swallen and been rinsing my mouth 5 times a day with salt water, and the swelling is getting me down and I start new job next week, what can I do?

  50. Hi! It is now my 3rd day post-op and the inflammation that I have is really big. At first day it was just like a swollen cheek then on the 2nd and 3rd day it is now covering a half of my neck. Half of my chin is also swollen but all the swollen sites are near the extraction point. Is it normal to have this big of a swollen area? Thank you I am just worried because I don’t know if I have infection or something since there is no pus

  51. Hi.i found this site very useful.i had the 6th and 7th tooth on the lower right handside of my mouth extracted and have since been feeling some kind of funny substance on the tougne and odor from that side of the mouth even for abt 4 hours after brusing.would a fixed bridge on that side help resolve this problem.thank you.

  52. THIS IS DAY ONE OF MY WISDOM TOOTH BEING PULLED AND IM IN ALOT OF PAIN – THEY RXED ME A PAIN MED WHICH IS NOT TOUCHING THE PAIN – ALSO MY JAW IS SWOLLEN (I CAN BARELY OPEN IT) AND ITS BRUISED – I PUT HEAT ON IT LAST NIGHT AND HAVE BEEN USING WARM SALT WATER – WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AND WHEN WILL THIS GET BETTER?

  53. Hi,

    I had my wisdom tooth removed 6 months ago. Is it normal to still feel pain in spot where the tooth was?. There is no open wound there…
    Thanks

  54. Hi Tom,

    I got my wisdom teeth (#16) removed on 11/5/12. The dentist left piece of my root tip near sinus. The fist two days,it’s not too bad. But later my cheek started swelling, I felt like I had a toothache. It wake me up at nights. Today the painfull over,the healing is good.
    My question is , do I need to see the surgeon to take out the root tip?

  55. i just got 4 tooth taken … 2 tooths 11days back.. and 2 tooth 4 days back… but a teeth wich i hav taken 11 days back still got swelling … and 2 teeth which are taken 4 days back it still got much swelling..!! what should i do.. is it a infection..!!

  56. Ived had braces on for a little over a year. I had two wisdom teeth pulled on 9/29/12. The pain from the surgery went away but now have extreme pain on a crown thats the second to last. It has no bracket holding it to the braces. Could it be that my teeth are pushing back and the crown is not because of the missing bracket?? If thats the case, then why dont the rest of my teeth hurt at all??

  57. Hi! so, I got 4 of my wisdom teeth out yesterday, and today my face is really sore. and when i put a icepack on it, it kinda hurts aswell. and i find that my breath is stinky, but i cant brush my teeth yet because im so afraid of getting a dry socket!. i just wanted to know if it was normal. :) im kinda nervous about this whole thing

  58. I had my wisdom teeth pulled out 6 days ago and I can’t really see into the extraction site as one side is sutured while the other side has a hole that’s not large enough to acually look into but there is a small lump on the inside of my cheek that feels like it’s hanging next to my gums. My oral surgeon said that its normal and should go away soon but I’m still worried about it. Is it normal? And also, how would I be able to tell if they’re healing properly if I can’t really see the extraction sites? I can’t even tell it the clots are still there since its impossible to see inside. Sorry for the long post but I get paranoid about this kind of stuff.

  59. Hi, Tom. I really don’t know what to think– I had my four wisdom teeth taken out 15 days ago and since then, and now my face doesn’t look the same as it used to. The part of the face where the bottom jaw and the chin are looks different now, and the whole bottom of the face looks much wider than it used to, and completely shapeless. The dentist told me after the operation that they had to take part of my jaw out when they did it, and that they put collagen in there to make up for the loss of it. I’m concerned that since I’ve basically recovered from the operation, I’m going to look like this forever. My face looks round and stupid, and 15 days later, I don’t think I can chalk it up to swelling. Have you ever seen this before? I’m upset.

  60. I just got all four of my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday, and I had a question.
    I’ve been trying to eat solid foods, and it doesn’t hurt at all. In fact, I feel completely fine while chewing. So is it alright for me to continue eating solid foods?

  61. i got 4 of my wisdom teeth out fri (its sat nite) and my cheeks are a bit puffy but i also noticed bruising on the inside of my cheaks they are a little hard and tender
    i also noticed it is painful to try to open or close my mouth (i cant fully open or close my mouth)
    is this normal? also should i apply heat packs instead of ice packs now?

  62. So i got my lower left wisdom tooth taken out two days ago and it is now the third day and i have been smoking ciggs, it was swollen bad on the second day but i have been rinsing with salt water since the second day and most of the swelling has gone down besides a little at the bottom of my cheek on the outside but the inside seems to be getting swollen and just sore on my outer cheek and in the inside near the extracted tooth i am still not able to really eat much could the ciggs be making it worst? Should i stop? There is no more bleeding though and a lot less pain since I’ve been taking my antibiotics and Vicodin. Will the ciggs give me an infection or slow down the healing process? Please give me answers and is there anything else i can do to reduce swelling?

  63. Also my gums by the extracted tooth is white but i dont believe it is puss since it hasnt moved at all but is that normal and will it go away?

  64. I’m not sure if somebody asked this allready…
    But please spare with me..
    I’m a final year medical student.
    My doc took my left lower wisdom tooth out, 3 days back.
    It was impacted,and doc told he had to take it with some effort from the bone..
    I had some swelling all over the face,but it decreased now.
    But my problem is, i can still palpate, a firm swelling over my mandible,fixed,non tender,not palpable from mouth. Its about 3*4 size oval shape.
    And its too obvious on my face..
    I dont know what it is!! Is it a lymph node? Or as i fear a heamatoma? :|
    please give an advise..
    Will it go away,like the rest of the edema?
    Thanks tom..

  65. I just had my wisdom teeth removed 4 hours ago and only one side is swelling, no pain but my gums are still bleeding pretty bad. My dentist told me to use the tea bag method and it’s still bleeding~ I’m currently using a coldpress right now and it seems to be helping.

    Any suggestions?
    Am I suppose to be using a cold compress this easily?
    What can I eat, I’m starving ! >_<

  66. Hey Tom,
    Just had a quick question. I recently had my two bottom wisdom teeth pulled out on Thursday March 15th and it is now Saturday March 17th. My left cheek is inconceivably swollen, and it really looks like I’m growing a second head. But, I just wanted to know, is it normal for it to feel hot? If I touch the outside of my left cheek where it’s swollen, it feels almost as if I have a fever in just that spot. Is this normal? I am on antibiotics but I does not seem like it’s getting any better.

  67. Hi Tom,
    I got all 4 wisdom teeth out, but one side of my jaw still has a lot of pain. i go back to the dentist and after the fourth time of my return to see whats wrong, she finally told me i had an infection, i was already on axomicillin, then they tried to put me on Clindamycin which i could not stomach that. I have something draining from the side that hurts and my jaw feels stiff and hurts, what can i do? I have flushed the food out and still taking the amoxicillin going to 2 weeks. Please help.

  68. Thanks SO much for this information… it really helped alleviate a lot of worry in regards to my healing process. I keep experiencing a lot of swelling in the mornings and was worried it was getting worse, but your advice about getting out of bed made a lot of sense and seems to have helped a bit. Hoping it gets better!

  69. My daughter had all 4 wisdom teeth removed 3 days ago and her swelling only seems to be getting worse.
    She had an air bubble form in the lining of her cheek after she coughed and had to gently blow her nose.
    She called her doctor and he said it would work its way out. She thinks the air bubble is just moving around.
    It feels like it is up in her temple area applying pressure and causing more pain. She called her doctor again too see if this was abnormal and what to do. He just belittled her over the phone. I can’t find any information about these air pockets online. Any suggestions? We are worried.

    • I have the same problem, my inner mouth with both side surfaces form bubbles after I took off I my wisdom teeth. It’s so irritating, sometime I bites my mouth ( the bubbles) and if I slept on the side of my face, it form teeth lining mark ( red inflammation), sometime even became a little open wound. I need help. There anyway can resolve these bubbles. This is continue surfer. Contact me if you can help or advise.

      • I have the same problem, my inner mouth with both side surfaces form bubbles after I took off I my wisdom teeth. It’s so irritating, sometime I bites my mouth ( the bubbles) and if I slept on the side of my face, it form teeth lining mark ( red inflammation), sometime even became a little open wound. I need help. There anyway can resolve these bubbles. This is continue surfer. Contact me if you can help or advise. It been almost two years after wisdom teeth took off..

  70. 1 year ago I got my molar extracted and now at that site it is swollen and there is a irritating pain and it hurts to swallow sometimes. What is wrong? Do I have an infection or abscess or is it both???

  71. Hey,

    I’m so glad this Is here. I got my wisdom teeth taken out on Monday its now Wednesday, My sister and I got our wisdom teeth taken at the same time. I needed more stitches, mine were harder to take out says the doctor and I have a bruise on the left side my face close to my chin. There is a piercing pain in my left ear and in my throat on the left side. That side Is the most swollen of the two the right side is not that bad. Its getting better so I’m not worried but does that all sound normal? my dentist is closed for the 4th also so I’m waiting on a call back.

  72. I just had the two wisdom teeth on my left side pulled out on Saturday July 6th and today is the 8th. I understand the swelling is normal, but is it normal for pain to go straight up to my ear? It’s a little tender to the touch and a little painful like an earache.

  73. Hi, thanks this information was great. My daughter’s swelling has been rather substantial and knowing that it is because she is lying down a lot is a relief. Lots of terrific information and nice picture.

  74. I had 2 of my wisdom teeth removed a week ago my top 2 and on the left side there is still swelling but not puffyness and I’m having alot of trouble opening my mouth is it normal

  75. So I just had all four wisdom teeth out Wednesday morning..all impacted too. It is now Friday night and my face is pretty swollen still..:( ! Wednesday it WASNT swollen. Then Thursday it started to swell, to the point I couldn’t close my mouth..like touch my teeth together. So yeahh, it’s Friday evening now and my face is still swollen..but I can close my mouth pretty much now. Wwwhen will the swelling go down?? And when should I stop using ice packs?? I’ve had Ice on my face basically since late Wednesday evening. It feels way better with something cold on my cheeks. Is the ice causing swelling? Or is it normal? And when do I start rinsing with salt water? I haven’t had to much pain though. And I’ve only taken one dose of the Vicodin and like one or two of ibuprofen. Just swelling. I look like I have PB & J’s stuffed in my mouth. Please help!

  76. Hi , I got my wisdom teeth out Friday and today is Sunday , my cheeks are really swollen and my mouth I swelled on the inside also where I can’t close my mouth all the way , and it still really hurts . Is this normal ?

  77. Hello Tom I just got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday, it’s the second day and I used an ice pack, can I get an infection? can I eat chinese food like chowmein? or bread with milk? if not any recommendations? how long until the swelling is gone for good? how do I know if it’s infected? I got some meds for infection but don’t know if I should already be taking them?

  78. Hi Tom,

    I had oral surgery August 5 for a impacted wisdom tooth which has a cyst around it. So she didnt remove the wisdom tooth because she said she wanted to drain the cyst, she put a tube in my mouth so she can have easier ascess to drain the cyst. So I now have to go every monday for 3 months to have the cyst drained and every monday she put a needle in my mouth in the tube to drain the cyst. The thing is she told me the swelling should be gone in a week, its been 8 days and my face is the same as it was on day 4. How can the swelling healed completely if she keep putting a huge needle in my mouth every monday. My question to you is my face gonna stay like this forever, is there anything I can do to make the swelling go down faster. Please help Im panicking!

  79. Hi I has to get 4 wisdom teeth out almost 48hours ago and my cheecks are extremely sore! I have been taking all my medication and using ice packs but I was never told anything about heat, will heat help it heal quicker than an ice pack or do I continue with what I’ve been doing, btw I’m 17 and I had to get a lot of bone removed in from my left lower tooth.

  80. Hello, It’s been about 2 months since the time my wisdom teeth had been pulled. The swelling happened as planned and stayed for a good 4-5 days prior. But starting yesterday morning, my right bottom gum had a weird, inflamed feeling to it. And today my right cheek has swelled up once again about double the regular size. Why is this?

    • Hi Tony – It’s hard to say without having an exam. It would be a good idea to get an appointment with your dentist to have this looked at. It is possible that the site may still be open and could have gotten infected. Other possibilities are that you have a gum infection or an infection in another tooth. I hope that helps. Thanks for your comment!

  81. Hey, Tom. I thought I would comment to get some feedback from you as it has been 16 hours (as of 2:32 AM) since I had all four wisdom teeth extracted. I’m not concerned about the swelling of my cheeks and having limited movement of my mouth, but what I am concerned about is trying to sleep (hence the current time), as well as if my wound will open after the stitches have been dissolved. As soon as I got home from my operation, I iced the numbing of my chin and bottom lip and stopped the bleeding about 6-8 hours later. As a result, blood clots have formed. During that time and after, I was told to take Tylenol #3 for pain, and amoxicillin for infection. I figured once I’ve taken the max amount of medication, I would sleep and wait the next several hours to rinse my mouth. Anyways, to my point…I cannot sleep due to the pain in my mouth. I’m already sitting upright and trying to get a feel of sleeping this way, but it isn’t working for me, doc. What do I do?

  82. I had my wisdom teeth pulled a week ago and the stitches have since dissolved. On my lower left side though, where one tooth was removed, my cheek is protruding over my gum and seems to be stuck to it. Is this normal? It’s by far the area that hurts the worst and I can’t seem to get my cheek “unstuck” or get a finger in between my cheek and gum. Any advice? Thanks!

  83. Hi Tom. I am 50 years old. I got my right up wisdom tooth removed because a periodontal treatment. It was 6 days ago, and still my cheek is swollen. I am not able to open my mouth wide yet and I have another extraction in 4 days. Do I need to wait or keep with my extraction schedule? Thanks.

    • Hi Dorys – It would be a good idea to call your dentist/oral surgeon to check and see if they’d like you to keep your appointment or wait some more. Limited opening is common following extractions and it will normally get better with time.

  84. hi there,

    One of my wisdom teeth in the lower jaw was removed yesterday and the area is all swollen now. but what im thinking is that is it necessary to remove the wisdom tooth on the other side as well?

    Regards,
    Aneesha

  85. Hello Tom! Nice blog, it’s great to see that you’re so prompt with answering people’s questions!
    I have one myself.

    This is the 3rd day since I’ve had my impacted lower wisdom tooth removed… My cheek is still pretty swollen and I’m experiencing mild to “average” pain… It’s bearable, but I prefer to still take ibuprofen.

    My concern comes from feeling a… _different_ taste in my mouth on occasions… It’s not blood, and I’m afraid that it might be pus. I looked inside my mouth, and where the stitches go into my cheek, there’s a red, inflamed spot.
    Besides being swollen, my cheek is also somewhat numb or tingly, and I get a weird blunt pain spreading towards my ear and the bottom of my jaw.
    Also, I measured 99°F, which is not very high but still made me wonder.

    Does this sound like an infection to you? Do you think I go see the surgeon before my stitches-removal appointment (which is in 5 days)?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Krikiriki – Great name! The different taste could possibly be from some food getting caught back around the extraction site. That normally works its way out. It is normal to have some redness around the area where the teeth were taken out and the swelling sounds fairly normal so far.

      As far as it being an infection, things sound fairly normal, but only your oral surgeon will be able to properly answer that for you. If you are concerned, it would be a good idea to give them a call and see if they want to see you since they are aware of your medical history and any other problems that could have occurred during the extractions. I hope that helps!

  86. Thank you for this helpful information. I was given two suggestions on how to get rid of the swelling, one from the dentist that performed my extraction and the other from the dentist that I work for. The latter believed that the swelling was from something that did or did not do. I am more relieved now that I’ve read this article. Thanks again.

  87. I had my teeth taken out 3 months ago and my cheeks keep dipping inwards keeps sucking into the space and it’s starting to hurt with ulcers coming up. I am using salt water and feel abit of a slight temperature. I had many lots of anti biotics and they refused me any more but, I am tired of the problem with sucking my cheeks inwards I hope it won’t go on forever as I feel like i have no teeth left as one side had to have a toothe taken out after the wisdom teeth removed as it exploded into pieces when they removed my tooth( yet they said oh it was damaged anyway) I believe they messed up broke it as I was in pain and went oh she won’t notice. I did and do notice and I am really frustrated as feel like I have no teeth left.They said oh you would have needed root fillings etc etc on that tooth I htink it’s a case of money for old rope!I miss my tooth and they say eventhough on ESA it will cost me £900 if I want a new tooth fitted? hmm really I am sure I am being over charged what do I do my face is hot feel dreadful on a sunday and just feel cranky, the pain often starts up. it tarted up after i went out int he cold weather for 2 days and now it’s just absolutely hell. any ideas? I am goign with salt water and pain killers but…I can’t stay indoors forever.
    the surgery was aggressive as I waited a week and had teeht removed both sides in a short space of time. plus a filling as well. I feel very gummy right now any help welcome please thanks. i will try to make a dental appointment also.yet, they don’t want to give me load sof anti biotics as had so many recently

  88. Hi i had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted monday an todays the third day an my face is ten times swallon then yesterday an my ears keep ringing going deaf an draining.. Also i feel lik rhey swelling is going to my eyes an they gett blurry on an off is this bad ? An what should i do?

  89. Hi. I just got all four of my wisdom teeth out today. My cheeks are alittle swollen. Though the right corner of my mouth and the area on the chin right beneath it is significantly swollen. Why is it that my bottom lip and chin but only on the right side is far more swollen than the rest of my face. Will it go away and what can i do to reduce the swelling

  90. Hi, I just had all four of my wisdom teeth taken out on Dec 30th and it is now Jan 2nd and my right side of my face is still swollen. The swelling went down on my left side and it looks normal. Is it normal for there to only be swelling on one side of my face? also the bleeding had stopped yesterday, but when woke up this morning it had started again. Is that normal? Only the right side of my face hurts. Should I contact my oral surgeon, or will this go away?

  91. I had my wisdom teeth taken out about a week and a half ago and all my stitches just came out yesterday but on my lower one where they took it out there still is swelling it’s almost like a muscle or tendon or whatever is in you lower jaw or cheek and it’s swelled is it normal ??

  92. I had my wisdom teeth removed the week of New Years.

    It’s now the 26th of March and recently I’ve noticed my left cheek is slightly swollen—still.

    My wounds are all healed, so I don’t know what it could be. There’s not any pain, just the uncomfortableness of swelling.

    Is there something wrong? I did everything I was told to do.. Should I just apply ice again? I don’t really know what to do. If you could help me that’d be great.

  93. Hey, got all 4 teeth pulled yesterday, face hurts very swollen and in pain, I have somewhere to go Thursday today is Friday , do you think the swelling will be down by then?

  94. 20 days ago, I had both of my bottom wisdom teeth pulled. They were impacted pretty bad and the doctor said they were rated as “class 2.” He advised that he had to cut the bone to remove both teeth and were taken out in pieces. During the surgery, he advised me that he rubbed a nerve and that I would not be able to feel a part of my face for a couple of weeks. He said that if I don’t feel anything after 30 days, I should go back to see him.

    So far, the bottom left side of my lip is still numb. Is that normal? If it is, how long does it normally take for the feeling to come back? I can’t ask my surgeon because his office is in another country so I will not have an opportunity to contact him for a while. If I see a different Doctor, would he be able to fix it?

    Another problem I have is that I woke up today and the left side of my face swelled up again. The swelling was almost gone on both sides of my face before this. I felt around and there is a significant increase in size from the way it was yesterday and the size of the left side of my face. I haven’t been able to chew with the left side of my mouth yet, only the right and I can’t open my mouth very wide anymore. Is this normal? is there any precautions I should take?

    P.S. You’re running a great project here. Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge.

  95. I’ve been suffering pain because of my growing wisdom teeth. Upper left and right. My mom and i went to the dentist awhile ago to ask what cause of this too much swollen cheeks. He’s told us that Pus is starting to show off. He gave me a antibiotic to kill the bacteria. Im kinda afraid what will happen soon.

  96. Hi,
    I just got my wisdom teeth pulled on Thursday May 22 and my cheeks are still very swollen and it feels like my cheeks just keep getting bigger. I take my medication and put ice but I still have a lot of pain. How long will my cheeks be swollen and puffy for? And since I have pain does it mean it’s infected? And I can hardly open my mouth to eat.

    Help?

  97. Hi!
    I am 17 years old and have just got my wisdom teeth removed wednesday june 11 I am about two days in healing. I can kind of chew now but my cheeks are super puffy, especially the right one. Is it normal for one cheek to be bigger than another? Also, when exactly will this swelling stop? I am using warm compress and cold against my cheeks but it doesn’t seem to be helping Thanks!

    • Hi Arlesia – Sometimes it can take several days for the swelling to go down. It is normal for one cheek to be bigger than the other. For example, one of your wisdom teeth may have been buried deep in your bone, while the one on the other side may have been barely under your gums. Over time the swelling should go down. If it doesn’t, it would be good to contact your dentist or surgeon who removed the teeth. I hope that helps!

      • had 23 teeth removed dec20. 13 when I applied cold compress my cheeks felt swollen but went down I applied hot compress the swelling came back the dentist was very rude and acted like i didnt know what i was taiking about when he looked in my mouth he saw it and said he did not cut any nerve the assisant said it will go away in three months its now seven months the swelling is getting worst I am very concerned I also have jaw pain which he did not address when I have the dentures on I dont feel the swelling but when I try chewing the swelling gets worst so I just have liquids diet can u tell me why this is happening the gum under my cheek feels higher than the other parts I get a slight pain when I brush my gums not as much as before is that normal its now seven months

  98. Hi, I’m 19
    I got my four wisdom teeth removed all at once about 2 months ago, and I was wondering if it was normal for my face not to have returned quite to its normal size before the operation? There isn’t a MAJOR difference but my family and I can still see that my face is slightly puffier.
    Will it return to it’s normal size eventually?

  99. Hello. Im 21 years old i had all four of my wisdom teeth removed the bottom two were completely erupted and the top two were partially erupted. I got them removed due to bad headaches and ear aches they were causing for months (took a long time to realize it could be mh teeth) it is the 8th day and im still having bad tension headaches. Is it possible the inflammation is causing these awful headaches? My right cheek/jaw is sort of puffy still and aches. Please let me know!

  100. doc
    my wisdom tooth has been extracted..but now its almost 1 weeks since I have a puffy chick..I dont know what to do now..my dentist didn’t reply to my messages coz its really hard for me to go to her office..what I will going to do..

  101. I got my wisdom teeth removed 3 days ago and is it normal to be biting down on your cheek when biting down? I am scared and hope it is not a permanent thing.

  102. My friend had her wisdom tooth pulled a week ago, and she is still in alot of pain, cheek still swollen, hard to get any sleep because it keeps her up…any struggle on what to do for the swollen and pain

  103. Hi, tomorrow will be a week after my wisdom teeth removal, I still have no feeling in my right cheek and it is puffy and hard to eat. It is just very numb and I can’t feeling anything on that side of my mouth. I don’t know if this is normal or if I have nerve damage or something. what do you think?

  104. Hey, I just had all 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed about 14 hours ago and my cheeks swelling went down basically back to normal. Is that it for my swelling or has it not started yet? Should I be concerned? Or since I had ACL surgery about 5 months ago is my body just taking the healing like it’s no big deal? Thank you in advance.
    P.s. What is the average recovery time I know it’s different for everyone but a rough estimate would be nice.

  105. Hi Tom,

    I had four wisdom teeth removed yesterday, and I have some swelling along with slight pain. I was prescribed amoxicillin, before the surgery to take afterward, and was wondering what the likelihood of becoming infected without taking it is. I generally end up with very aggressive yeast infections orally as well as vaginally after taking antibiotics, so I try and avoid them as they are very hard to treat.

  106. I remove one wisdom teeth I got to much swelling in mouth
    But I got cifixam tablets fair that I use 6 day I well now

  107. I had my wisdom tooth pulled on Monday and it is now Friday. The swelling went down a lot almost not noticeable but now I feel like a semi hard lump in my cheek in front of the extraction point. Is this normal? Could it just be from the trama of the surgery. The tooth was impacted and he said it was difficult to get out. I went to the dentist yesterday for a check up and he said everything looked good inside, butI didn’t notice the hard lump until today. Oh yeah I been on antibiotics for 7 days
    Thank you, john

  108. Hi there. Its been four weeks since my impaction surgery but i worry much because my other cheek is still swollen. Its not painful inside but every time I touch my cheek It really hurts. Ive been taking anti inflammatory drugs but it doesn’t work at all. 7 days antibiotic almost done . its not good at all cause I feel bad about it. It feels like the half of my face is bigger. :( HELP PLEASE

  109. Hi Tom
    I’might in the UK and had a lower left impacted wisdom tooth removed on Wednesday morning. It is now Friday morning. I’m taking 4-hourly ibuprofens for the pain as well as salt water washes and Corsodyl. The swelling is possibly beginning to subside slightly. However this extends to my neck area (giving me a wattle – I’m thin so don’t normally have one!) and this morning my voice is going, and it is sore to the touch around the area of the left gland. I don’t have a cold that would cause this sore throat etc.
    I’d be grateful for your comments.
    Many thanks.

  110. Can i workout and do physical activity the 3rd day of getting two of my wisdom teeth out or is it going to make my cheeks mire swollen??

  111. Hi Tom

    I had my wisdom teeth extracted 6 hours ago and I don’t have any swollen cheeks. I just want to know if it Wil swell during the night and how I can prevent it?

  112. It is currently Tuesday , I got all 4 wisdom teeth removed Saturday at 2pm .. My face is still swollen , I have not gone to school nor work , I just need this swelling to leave ASAP because I have many responsibilities to attend to. I wish I could just lay here with no worries yet I can’t for my state of mind is worried on my money & education. Wha Can help my swelling reduce quickly ?

  113. Ok so I had my two bottom wisdom teeth pulled on the 25th of last month the swelling had went away but this morning I woke up and my right cheek was swollen more then is was when they got pulled out! My teeth are hurting really bad and they are very sensitive and its giving me a head ache I was wondering should I go see me dentist or will it go away on its own?

  114. How will I know if my jaw is fractured? My right wisdom tooth was extracted Tuesday and now its Friday, the pain in my jaw is getting worse everyday, I have taken Advil and naproxen and still no relief, it hurts so bad I can’t sleep or even eat, I feel like I want to pass out from pain, its even hurting the right side of my head, my right eye, and jaw area

  115. Hi Tom,

    I got all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth removed 12 days ago. My left side looks like it’s healing nicely, but my right side is giving me trouble. My right cheek is still swollen, it has gone down a bit but it’s still big, and the gum on my lower right where the extraction was is swollen as well– it looks like it has tiny bubbles or flaps. The swelling on the gum makes it hard for me to find the hole with the syringe when I am trying to clean it. No bleeding anymore, and I haven’t noticed any pus. I’m not really in pain either anymore, just sore. I’m wondering if this is all normal or if I should be worried about infection on the lower right side. I was told by my surgeon to stop taking the antibiotic because I was having a reaction to it, so I’m not on any meds. I’ve been using warm compresses but it’s not making much of a difference. I’m allergic to ibuprofen so I haven’t been taking that for the swelling, just extra-strength tylenol. Any help you can offer is appreciated! Thanks.

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