Well, I'm not sure what she meant by ....<<it's not common to get an infection within 48 hrs post op>>...... because infection can develop immediately after any oral surgery. There may not be symptoms until a day or so later, but an infection can develop quickly with any surgery.
Sometimes if the surgical site is not debrided thoroughly, the ligament that is not removed can become infected or if necrotic bone is not removed that too can become infected. There are all sorts of situations that can occur. Some are more serious or extensive than others. So it is a good idea to have several follow up visits with the OS until this area heals.
Any complication from any surgery will take time to heal. Symptoms will gradually decrease as the immune system deals with the bacteria and inflammation.
Let us know what she says on friday....hopefully it will be good news!
Originally Posted by jasonA
Hello! I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed last Wednesday 1/25. On Friday the swelling had went down on one side but not the other. I started having a nasty taste in my mouth from the bottom right side. I returned to the OS who confirmed a infection and put me on Amox 500mg 3x daily. By Sunday the swelling was down but I still had nasty discharge. Yesterday I returned to the OS and she irrigated the bottom sockets and said things look much better. She said it is uncommon to get such a bad infection less then 48hours postop and wondered is something was left in there? I was sent home and have a follow up Friday. Today is the 4th on the antibotics and I still have discharge should I be concerned? I have around 90% of the movement back in my jaw and just a little pain from the infected side.