Yellow Pus After Wisdom Tooth Removal – Is This Bad?

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries. Dr. Wells may recommend it to prevent back teeth crowding, swollen gums, gum disease, and jaw issues. Fortunately, wisdom tooth removal is a fairly simple procedure that leads to minimal discomfort, especially when it’s performed by our skilled dental team.

After the procedure, Dr. Wells will ask that you go home and rest. You’ll be asked to stick to soft foods like yogurt and applesauce. You’ll need to avoid smoking and rigorous physical activity. Additionally, Dr. Wells will suggest that you avoid brushing, spitting, or rinsing with a mouthwash for the first day after surgery.

If you notice yellow pus that comes from under your gums, following wisdom tooth removal, you may have an infection. This pus is a gooey substance made of dead white blood cells. While the risk is rare, it is possible. In addition to yellow pus, you may also experience persistent swelling, fever, a poor taste in your mouth, and bleeding that lasts for more than 24 hours.

What to Do If You Have Pus

As soon as you notice white or yellow pus or other signs of infection, contact our office as soon as possible. This way Dr. Wells and his team can assess your situation and determine next steps. Chances are we’ll prescribe antibiotics and your infection will improve right away.

In the event your infection is more serious, surgical intervention may be necessary. The faster you contact our office the better as you’ll be able to prevent the infection from spreading and worsening. Harrisburg, NC root canal dentist Brian McNeely often states that addressing the concern early is the answer to success.

Contact Wells Family Dental Group

If you have any questions related to wisdom tooth removal or yellow pus, don’t hesitate to contact our Raleigh, NC office today. Give us a call at 919-266-5332. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Raleigh, NC 27616

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