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Hard lump on outside of cheek after wisdom tooth removal

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00048560

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Hello all,

9 days ago, I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed (lower). 9 days later, one cheek is still a bit swollen and I have now noticed a hard lump lying on the outside of my jaw, which can be felt when rubbing my lower cheek.

I am going to go to my dentist tomorrow and ask him about it, but I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this? Is it a blood clot in the cheek? It only hurts a bit when I press on it.

Thank you for your support,

00048560:)
 
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00048560

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Just checking in.

I went in for a follow up appointment, and it turns out that the hard lump I was feeling was my gums filled with pus. Both holes are infected.

He said it was a tiny infection (his words), and didn't prescribe antibiotics. I am really worried about this being a recurring issue, or not resolving itself.

Anyone here had a similar experience?

Shared stories would be very helpful. I'm experiencing a lot of anxiety over this.
 
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I had exactly the same thing after getting both bottom wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic. I noticed this hard lump, just on the right side. It wasn't actually near the extraction site, it was halfway down my jawbone between front and back and it only happened a while after the surgery. I was convinced they'd broke my jawbone! It was rock hard and got bigger for a while. I was too nervous to ask anyone to check it but its all ok now and it was never really noticeable to other people. It was there for ages though! I've just checked it after reading your post and there's no sign of it now. Still have no idea what caused it!
 
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I had exactly the same thing after getting both bottom wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic. I noticed this hard lump, just on the right side. It wasn't actually near the extraction site, it was halfway down my jawbone between front and back and it only happened a while after the surgery. I was convinced they'd broke my jawbone! It was rock hard and got bigger for a while. I was too nervous to ask anyone to check it but its all ok now and it was never really noticeable to other people. It was there for ages though! I've just checked it after reading your post and there's no sign of it now. Still have no idea what caused it!
That's a bummer! I'm glad to hear that it resolved itself. I had my dentist push all of the pus and blood out of the gum, and it was a huge relief! He prescribed antibiotics but said they aren't necessary, that it will likely resolve itself in a few weeks. I'm really scared, though, because now I am experiencing pain when I swallow on one side. Ugh.

This has not been a fun experience for me at all. I will be dealing with this infection for weeks, hopefully not months. I don't want to take antibiotics due to their side effects, and also, I'm not running a fever or experiencing much else. I don't know what to do...:cry:
 
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Hi!
This happened to me also.
I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed back in February, on the 5th.
Now.. Following the surgery I had the same lump you described, about a month later it was shooting pus into my mouth.. Disgusting I know.
It stopped a few weeks later, and now it is back again....
This time it is a lot more painful, bigger and more pus..
 
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HMD

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Hi!
This happened to me also.
I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed back in February, on the 5th.
Now.. Following the surgery I had the same lump you described, about a month later it was shooting pus into my mouth.. Disgusting I know.
It stopped a few weeks later, and now it is back again....
This time it is a lot more painful, bigger and more pus..

Hello, I just had both of my top wisdom teeth pulled on Tues the 1st. The right side is completely fine, but the left side got REALLY swollen, I guess because the tooth was really hard to get out so the doc had to use some type of tool to pull back my cheek. So after about the 3rd day, the swelling has gone down but now I have a lump in my cheek that gets very painful and I can barely open my mouth to eat anything. I was wondering if it will go down on it's own or should I just wait for my follow up apt on the 23rd. Please help, I'm STARVING LOL :D:D
 
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Hello all,

9 days ago, I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed (lower). 9 days later, one cheek is still a bit swollen and I have now noticed a hard lump lying on the outside of my jaw, which can be felt when rubbing my lower cheek.

I am going to go to my dentist tomorrow and ask him about it, but I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this? Is it a blood clot in the cheek? It only hurts a bit when I press on it.

Thank you for your support,

00048560:)
Hi there,

I recently had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed under general anaethesia. About a month after the initial extraction, I also woke up one morning to a slightly swollen left side of my face & hard lump similar to what you described. Over the course of a day, my face ballooned and there was pus. The lump ended up being a cyst that was formed after extraction. The oral surgeon had to open back up the extraction site and 'debride' it or clean out the infection/dead tissue. I was told that this is not a very common thing to happen and it sucked, big time!!
 
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Hi tula WELCOME to the forum :jump::jump::jump::butterfly:
 
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Started having same signs after a few weeks of oral infection. Hence reason I went surfing the net for anyone with similar signs and came up with this site. Was and am still concerned, particularly as I did not have any teeth extracted like everyone else has seemed to preceede their case with. However have noticed that top and bottom teeth in same position are now shaky.Also pain at times when I press the lump and swallow. No pus signs. Will visit dentist on Monday as this seems to be continuation of condition for which I took antibiotics about three weeks ago. and had deep clean about six weeks ago also.
Any professional opinions available?
 
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I had exactly the same thing after getting both bottom wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic. I noticed this hard lump, just on the right side. It wasn't actually near the extraction site, it was halfway down my jawbone between front and back and it only happened a while after the surgery. I was convinced they'd broke my jawbone! It was rock hard and got bigger for a while. I was too nervous to ask anyone to check it but its all ok now and it was never really noticeable to other people. It was there for ages though! I've just checked it after reading your post and there's no sign of it now. Still have no idea what caused it!
I still have the bump after ten months after removal of two wisdom teeth. It is painful only if I touch it. Will it go away eventually?
 
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I got my lower 2 wisdom teeth out on the w3rd of this month the right side has been fine its my left after the swelling went down i now have a hard lump i cant open my mouth is this normal or should i see my dentist? Im sooooo hungry lol
 
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mrsjiyongchy

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I found myself on this forum a couple of days ago after I also noticed a large lump on my jawline, after getting wisdom teeth removed. 10 days after I had two lower impacted wisdom teeth removed, I noticed the right side of my face was starting to swell again. I didn't think much of it. But later it became this hard lump and it hurt when I pressed on it. I was scared that it was an infection filled with pus and blood. My gums were really swollen around the teeth too. I read online that the lump wouldn't go away for a few weeks. But for the last 3 days, I have been rinsing my mouth with saltwater in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Truth be told, the lump became smaller and smaller, and the pain is completely gone. Now it feels like I never had the lump. so yes, it is possible to get rid of it in just FOUR DAYS. SALT WATER WORKS MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!
 
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That's a bummer! I'm glad to hear that it resolved itself. I had my dentist push all of the pus and blood out of the gum, and it was a huge relief! He prescribed antibiotics but said they aren't necessary, that it will likely resolve itself in a few weeks. I'm really scared, though, because now I am experiencing pain when I swallow on one side. Ugh.

This has not been a fun experience for me at all. I will be dealing with this infection for weeks, hopefully not months. I don't want to take antibiotics due to their side effects, and also, I'm not running a fever or experiencing much else. I don't know what to do...:cry:
Hi did they freeze you when the pushed the pus out? I'm pretty sure I have pus coming out of my mouth when I touch the hard lump it's got like a salty gross taste and was wondering what happened after. I had one wisdom tooth removed on the 25th my face swelled soo bad and now I've got a swollen jaw and a hard lump also were you able to open your mouth before they pushed the pus out
 
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I have had a very similar thing, had 3 wisdom teeth removed and one was extremely difficult to extract. A one hour surgery turned into a two and a half hour surgery. It's been 5 days since the surgery and this lump is causing me more grief than the actual tooth wound sites. It's so swollen that I can't open or close my mouth properly, it's affecting my speech, I can't eat etc. and the sheer weight of the lump in my face makes it hard to be comfortable and sleep. It feels like it's wedged between my jaw in the joint connecting the top and bottom, and spreading into my cheek. I've just been to the dentist as I believed it was an abcess but apparently when there is trauma in a party of the body all the white blood cells rush to the site to kill the infection or cause of the trauma and this is what causes pus. However, antibiotics kill any infections so the pus then gardens into a thicker cheese-like substance (sorry, I know it's gross) and it can then be almost stuck in the cheek waiting to be slowly and eventually flushed away. I was very upset and uncomfortable and had really hoped the dentist could simply puncture the ball-like hard lump and it would ooze free and I'd feel much better, but in reality he said there wasn't much to squeeze out and it would take some time for the hard lump to clear. It can feel a very slight difference but not much beyond that. He called it 'induration' of the flesh of my cheek. I'm going to try and massage it each day, wash with salty water, he also gave me an oral steroid to take for 5 days only and I'll let you all know how u go. I've been so anxious and in so much discomfort! I hope I have good news in a week for anyone who might go through this in the future.
 
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I have had a very similar thing, had 3 wisdom teeth removed and one was extremely difficult to extract. A one hour surgery turned into a two and a half hour surgery. It's been 5 days since the surgery and this lump is causing me more grief than the actual tooth wound sites. It's so swollen that I can't open or close my mouth properly, it's affecting my speech, I can't eat etc. and the sheer weight of the lump in my face makes it hard to be comfortable and sleep. It feels like it's wedged between my jaw in the joint connecting the top and bottom, and spreading into my cheek. I've just been to the dentist as I believed it was an abcess but apparently when there is trauma in a party of the body all the white blood cells rush to the site to kill the infection or cause of the trauma and this is what causes pus. However, antibiotics kill any infections so the pus then gardens into a thicker cheese-like substance (sorry, I know it's gross) and it can then be almost stuck in the cheek waiting to be slowly and eventually flushed away. I was very upset and uncomfortable and had really hoped the dentist could simply puncture the ball-like hard lump and it would ooze free and I'd feel much better, but in reality he said there wasn't much to squeeze out and it would take some time for the hard lump to clear. It can feel a very slight difference but not much beyond that. He called it 'induration' of the flesh of my cheek. I'm going to try and massage it each day, wash with salty water, he also gave me an oral steroid to take for 5 days only and I'll let you all know how u go. I've been so anxious and in so much discomfort! I hope I have good news in a week for anyone who might go through this in the future.

What was the result of the steroid? Has the lump gone away? I'm experiencing the same problem now. I had my wisdom tooth removed on 6/11 and the lump bothers me the most! I'm pretty sure mine was caused by the local anesthesia because it's located at the injection sight. I don't care what causes it, I just want to make it go away. Looks like sea salt is my only option LOL!
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So I got my bottom wisdom teeth removed 5-31-18 in Colombia Cause its way cheaper.. left side easy, no swelling , right side OMG a huge ballon . Dr said it’s normal . But its now 6- 26-18 not really swollen but I deff have a lump on the right side just like how you guys have experienced. So I pressed on it this morning and puss started to come out. So I made an apt w my dentist here in Miami and he prescribed me antibiotics and referred me to an oral surgeon. I’m going tomorrow Morning. I will update what the surgeon does or tells me to do tomorrow. For now just taking my antibiotics once every 8hrs. Btw no pain after like 3 days after my removal . Just swelling and lump. I never had random puss until I pushed hard on the lump. So weird and gross
 
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Does anyone have any updates. I’m experiencing the same thing. My oral surgeon said it’s normal and will go away.
 
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I still have the bump after ten months after removal of two wisdom teeth. It is painful only if I touch it. Will it go away eventually?
Did it ever go away and while it was there did ever randomly swell up sometimes?
 
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