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3+ weeks post extraction-infected or food stuck?



Junior member
May 28, 2018
I got all 4 wisdom teeth out a little over 3 weeks ago, the two weeks were hell, I was in so much pain I was put on antibiotics, between the tooth pain and nausea from antibiotics I just simply didn't eat and lost over 10lbs.

After those 2 weeks I felt totally fine, I could eat everything. Nothing hurt my gums or teeth at all. So I went back to a normal diet and returned to my normal life.

However, now, my gums hurt a bit on one side kind of how it feels when you've got a piece of popcorn really wedged in there that you can't get out, and my cheek has swelled back up to about how it was a few days post op.

The extraction site is now very tiny so I can't see if there is food in it but I poked it with one of those floss picks and it's very deep and a lot of white fluid came out that tasted bad.

I don't immediately assume it's infected because the infection I had the first time the pain was far far worse.

Is it safe for me to go out and buy a syringe and try to flush it out myself assuming the issue is that food is stuck in it? Or should I just suck it up and miss work to go to the dentist a third time?


Super Moderator
Staff member
Sep 18, 2017
Hi Spookypoodle,

sorry to hear about your ordeal. It might not be what you would like to hear, but whenever there is a choice between DIY dentistry and seeing a real dentist, the safest choice would be to see a real dentist.

All the best wishes and keep us posted.


Junior member
May 26, 2019
Hi Spookypoodle,

Just wondering what happened after seeing your dentist again? I’m having a similar thing almost 2 weeks post op. Had a small infection post op just finished the antibiotics but still have some pain and i think the side where the impacted tooth was is slightly swelling again. Thanks.