Wisdom teeth woes: my mouth smells like roadkill.
April 30, 2013 10:19 PM Subscribe
I had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out on Friday morning under general anesthetic. I'm still dealing with some adverse side effects (am I being neurotic?) The most troublesome one is that my mouth tastes/smells putrid. I cannot get this under control. HELP.
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The swelling has mostly gone down, and I've only been taking Advil since Sunday. However, the bleeding has not completely subsided. I called the oral surgeon's office Monday morning, and the receptionist said bleeding was normal. But now I'm going into day 6 post-op and I still have traces of blood in my saliva constantly. After I brush my teeth, my breath is normal for about 15 minutes before turning rancid again. This is killing me. At work (thankfully, I work at a dental office), I've been rinsing with mouthwash as often as I can-- at least every 45 minutes, to keep my mouth somewhat under control. But I feel like the effect of this is akin to a person spritzing on some perfume after not bathing for a month. The taste is so bad that it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I'm assuming it's because of the bleeding? I can't really see far back enough to get a good view of the extraction sites but I imagine there are some gross blood clot/scabs forming back there with residual blood leaking out from underneath, thus radiating the smell of dead bodies from the back corners of my mouth.
The only solid food I've had since the surgery was scrambled eggs and 2 cookies (huge lapse in judgment) on Saturday night, after which I gently rinsed with salt water. Other than that I've been eating only mush/smoothies. I haven't used a straw and I don't smoke.
My main question is obviously how to control the smell. Do salt water rinses work? I've been doing this, but maybe not as often as I should be. Is gum OK or is that bad for the sockets? Mints? I figured mints would have a similar issue to straws with the whole sucking thing.
The taste is like a mix of copper, blood, and really bad morning breath, if that helps. Sorry to be graphic.
Other, less pressing issues: how soon can I resume my yoga routine? When do I start eating solid foods again? Do I just play it by ear, or is there a definite threshold you have to pass (i.e., 1-2 weeks) before you go back to being a normal person? Should I be brushing the extraction sites? I've been carrying out my normal oral hygiene routine (brush, floss, mouthwash) and just avoiding the wisdom tooth areas. Can I go out and drink alcohol this weekend?
I've directed a few of my questions to the dentist I work for, and it was all sort of brushed off as a "that's all very normal for wisdom teeth" type thing. I have not brought up the breath issue because I'm mortified. FWIW, I don't have any significant pain other than some jaw soreness and sensitivity in my second molars.
All answers and anecdotes will be much appreciated.