I can't open my mouth very wide.

I have wisdom tooth that has been growing olin for maybe 8-10 months. It's sore. Recently it has been giving me pain in my temples ears throat and roof of my mouth. So as of now I can't open my mouth. No swelling inside that I can tell of, I just can't open it. I can get it open barely to get the tooth brush in. It smelss. I can taste it. So I know I need an extraction but how will they do it? I went to the ER for extreme pain not too long ago and I couldn't open wide enough for him to examine. How will they get my mouth open to extract it?

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Answer: Trouble opening mouth wide

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

In order to regain full function and opening of your mouth you will need to be placed on a prescription strength anti-inflammatory and/or antibiotics.  The muscles and tissue surrounding your wisdom tooth is inflammed and creating limited opening.  Warm moist compresses on the outside of your cheek can also help to relax those muscles and allow for easier movement.  It is important to brush as good as possible and maybe use an antimicrobial rinse until after your surgery. 

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