Jaw & Ear Pain From Wisdom Teeth Extraction

I had my wisdom teeth on both bottom, one on top cut out exactly one week & day ago. I developed dry socket 4 days afterwards but had it packed and treated & checked again, now I am safe to eat solid food and use straws. The pain isn’t as bad as the dry socket anymore, but I notice that it is under my jaw and radiating up toward my ear on both sides. The pain is achey and comes & goes. What could this be? It does seem to hurt for just a few minutes after I rinse with the syringe I was directed to do so after a week.

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Answer: Jaw and Ear pain from wisdom tooth extraction

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Having your wisdom teeth removed, especially when they are impacted and need to be "cut-out" is going to take time to heal.  Not only do they remove the teeth, but many times need to remove some of the surrounding bone to access the tooth/teeth.  It is possible that you are flushing the area too hard and experiencing some discomfort from the temperature and/or pressure of the solution.   Remember, this is newly forming bone and tissue in the healing sites.  It would feel achey like you are describing.  The ears, nose and throat are all in very close proximity to the wisdom teeth and what you are experiencing is normal. Continue to take any prescriptions as directed and keep the extraction sites clean and free of debris.  It can take several weeks for you to be back to normal. 

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