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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Waiting for an Extraction

06/19/2009

Question:

HI I NEED TO HAVE A 3RD MOLAR EXTRACTED ( I THINK ITS A 3RD MOLAR)last tooth on bottom fully erupted... it gives me no pain to speek of so far.. just feels funny cause i know its there...feels heavy.. i know strange but thats what it feels like it is broken pretty good i am planing to have it taken out soon my question is i worry that it will just swell up and i will wake up that way...could it just swell with no pain? or is that only when it has an abcess and has lots of pain?

Answer:

Yes, it could swell. Usually abscesses are painful until they drain, which often causes a bad taste in the mouth.  Lower (bottom) wisdom tooth infections can become serious/dangerous.

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University