My son can not eat, speak, swallow or open/close his mouth. Been 30+ hours

He had dental surgery over 35 hours ago.Three wisdom teeth three others pulked. Tube down nose. He says his throat feels like a stabbing pain. He says his tounge is numb still. He can not speak right, swallow right or close his jaw. He is autistic. Took him to er they said nothing. Last year he had surgery and numbness wore off with in 4 hours.He is 19. I do not have a photo as he can not open his mouth enough. He can not even eat

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Answer: Dental Surgery

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Just like any other medical surgery, oral surgery is no different and can take several days to heal.  Six teeth, including three wisdom teeth, is pretty invasive. There can be quite a bit of swelling involved when teeth are removed and the muscles can be tense and sore.  Continue to take any medications prescribed, have your son drink meal replacement shakes until he is able to open his mouth enough to chew a soft diet properly.  This will keep him nourished as well as coat his stomach prior to any medications.  Warm, moist compresses on the sides of the face can help relax the muscles.  Have your son swish with warm salt water 2-3 times daily in order to help heal the tissue and keep the extraction sites clean.  The salt water will also help to soothe is throat.  Every day he should continue to see improvement.  If after 5 days, there is no improvement, or symptoms increase, call the dental office immediately.  

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