Fever is the body’s way to signal that there is something wrong. It is not considered an illness by itself, but then if you have a fever, your body is trying to earn you that you might have an underlying condition. That being said, is fever after wisdom teeth removal normal?
Fever after oral surgery
It is considered normal to have a slight fever for the immediate few days following getting wisdom teeth removal surgery. Even if this is true, it is very important to monitor any fever while recovering from surgery. Your temperature mustn’t exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
When to worry
If you have read this far, you can assume that you should worry when your fever becomes higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a fever that is higher than that, your body might be trying to warn you of an infection.
If you only have a fever, it might not be anything to worry about. However, there are other signs that you should watch out for. If you experience any of these signs along with a fever higher than 100 degrees, consult your dentist immediately because there is most likely an infection that has formed at the site of the surgery.
Trouble swallowing or breathing. If you are experiencing this symptom along with your fever, it may mean that the infection has affected the epiglottis, which is the flap at the back of the throat. That is what is causing your difficulty of breathing.
Medication not effective at dulling the pain. This could be a sign that your body needs antibiotics if regular pain medication does not work in alleviating the pain.
Swelling that gets worse over time. If swelling is present, it could be a sign of a tooth abscess. This means that there may be pus that has formed at the site of surgery which is causing the swelling.
Numbness. No pain in certain parts of your face is also a cause for worry. It could mean that the swelling and pus is putting pressure on your nerves, causing you to feel numb.
Blood or pus coming out of your nose. Blood or other fluids leaking out from anywhere is never a good sign. It could be a sign of a severe infection.
Bleeding that doesn’t stop when you hold gauze to it and apply pressure. This could be a sign that the infection is spreading and you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Sometimes it is a sign if you are just feeling unwell after a wisdom tooth extraction surgery. The feeling of being unwell coupled with a high fever can be enough reason to see your dentist. Even more so if you experience any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately. They will be able to prescribe the necessary antibiotics you need as well as give you advice on proper post-operative care. Pain is normal because once the effects of anesthesia wear off, you should expect some pain. However, if you suspect that an infection has formed, that is a different story you should consult your dentist about right away.