Pain after lower molar extraction ...


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Hi,
I had a lower molar extracted yesterday. It bled for at least 4hrs and was quite painful despite taking paracetamol. I managed to get intermittent sleep last night. When I woke this morning, the pain was insignificant, more uncomfortable which I put down to the swelling. I had breakfast and cleaned my teeth with a soft brush and rinsed with the chlorhexidine mouthwash which was prescribed by my dentist. Still no pain.

However, after I gently rinsed with salt water after my lunch today the pain returned with a vengeance. I also have a thin inflamed line around the gum edge of extraction site, which I'm pretty sure wasn't there yesterday. I took paracetamol and the pain receded after about 3/4 of an hour.

I'm really worried I've developed an infection because the pain has returned and because of the red line around the gum edge.

Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
 
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MattKW

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It's very rare to get an infection after an extraction, unless you already had a significant swelling beforehand. Hence, antibiotics are rarely required. An infection would be evidenced by unusual swelling, beyond normal post-op swelling. you sound OK to me.
 

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