Signs & Symptoms of Infection After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Extraction of the wisdom teeth usually occurs soon after they begin to erupt on the surface of the gums. Most people do not have enough room in their mouth for these teeth, and without an extraction the wisdom teeth become impacted. Infection after the procedure is one of the complications that could occur after a wisdom teeth extraction.

Wisdom teeth extraction may cause an infection of the mouth.
Wisdom teeth extraction may cause an infection of the mouth. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pain

Pain is usual after a wisdom teeth extraction, but when it becomes more severe on the day after the surgery, it may be a sign of infection. Pain begins to diminish after the extraction procedure, but when the gums and extraction site is infected, the pain steadily increases.

Severe pain the day after surgery may be a sign of infection.
Severe pain the day after surgery may be a sign of infection. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Fever and Chills

Infection at the extraction site can cause a fever exceeding 100 degrees, according to TeethRemoval.com. Patients experiencing a high fever should see a doctor immediately to treat infection. Antibiotics treat infection at the extraction site. In addition to a fever, some patients may experience chills.

A high fever and chills may occur if the extraction site becomes infected.
A high fever and chills may occur if the extraction site becomes infected. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Swelling

The area where an extraction takes place will swell when an infection is present. After the extraction procedure, the mouth and gums will appear swollen as a normal effect of the procedure. When swelling does not diminish as the mouth heals or appears to get worse, it is an indication of an infection.

If swelling is present, or worsens, as the mouth heals, it is the sign of an infection.
If swelling is present, or worsens, as the mouth heals, it is the sign of an infection. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Bad Taste

Infection causes a bad taste in the mouth, which may or may not taste salty, according to TeethRemoval.com. Treatment for an infection of the extraction site eliminates the taste from an infection in the mouth.

Infection causes a bad taste in the mouth.
Infection causes a bad taste in the mouth. (Image: Christopher Robbins/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Discharge

A severe infection can cause a discharge from the extraction site. It is rare for an infection after a tooth removal to cause an infection that requires hospitalization, but in some severe cases, the area may have to be drained and intravenous antibiotics administered.

In some severe cases, an infection may require intravenous antibiotics.
In some severe cases, an infection may require intravenous antibiotics. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Valueline/Getty Images)

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