Expert: Jeff Bressman, DDS, Diplomate ABOMS - 12/9/2012
Question hi i had my wisdom teeth removed 10 days ago..after day 3 i had a bad taste and bad breath. I called my dentist and he said this was normal healing and he would see me for 1 week follow up appointment. Because i am a hypochondriac i decided to visit another oral surgeon to see if this was in fact normal...he looked at the extraction and said it was infected...he irrigated the socket with a green colored liquid and also prescribed me antibiotics which made me very sick (ended up in hospital with stomach pains) so after taking antibiotics for the 2 days it was time for my 1 week post op checkup...after examining my mouth my oral surgeon said there was no infection and everything was healing normally. I was so confused as to having 2 different diagnosis i went to a 3rd oral surgeon for a 3rd opinion and she also said there was no infection and i did not need to continue antibiotics. I have since stopped using the antibiotics...i have no pain or swelling or fever and the bad taste was gone from when he irrigated the socket.Should i feel confident that there is no infection? Or what can i do to be 100% sure that i have no infection?
Answer Sounds like you can feel confident that there is no infection. Follow up as suggested by your original surgeon. The fact that the pain and swelling have gone away along with the bad taste are all good signs. Obviously, without seeing you I can not be 100% sure but given the 2 opinions that everything is ok and no symptoms I would not worry.
I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with over 24 years of experience. The majority of my practice involves dental implants, removal of wisdom teeth, treatment of areas of oral pathology. Please note that this site is designed for general information and I can not give you medical advice specific for you.
I have over 24 years of private practice experience
Organizations American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Diplomate
National Dental Board of Anesthesia, Fellow
American Dental Society for Anesthesia
Education/Credentials BS, University of Illinois with honors
DDS, University of Illinois, with high honors
Board Certified, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery