Getting your wisdom teeth removed is often necessary if your dentist predicts tooth overcrowding or potential periodontal problems. Wisdom teeth can affect surrounding teeth and your jaw. While there are many factors of recovery after the procedure, pay special attention to muscle pain after wisdom teeth extraction.
Why do I have a sore jaw and muscles after wisdom teeth extraction?
The removal of lower wisdom teeth can cause trauma to the surrounding muscles and bone. This trauma can lead do a condition called trismus, a restriction to mouth opening. Trismus is especially common when the third molar is impacted.
What can I do about it?
Trismus is often painful and can impact speech and the ability to eat. Trismus often goes away when the muscles begin to repair themselves and does not require treatment. If after 24 hours your muscles are still sore, try applying moist heat to the area(s) for 30 minutes every couple of hours. A washcloth soaked in warm water (repeat as heat dissipates) is often helpful. If your sore jaw does not go away on its own, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon.
It is important to follow all of your dentist or oral surgeon’s recovery instructions after the procedure. A sore jaw after wisdom teeth extraction is common, but make sure to tell your dentist or surgeon if something doesn’t feel right.