What's normal after having a tooth extraction?

I had my bottom right wisdom tooth taken out yesterday. My dentist gave me meltable stitches, and the that was it.

I wanted to know what to expect, what's normal, what's not normal. Here's a rundown of what's going on:

1. I am oozing a little bit of blood. Nothing major. I had gauze in it and then when I took it out this morning, it was little bit yellow and had a very bad odor.

2. My saliva has had a bad odor since the extraction. Is this normal.

3. Uncontrollable saliva. I have been like a water fountain with saliva. Every time I turn around I need to spit (yes i do it carefully).

I may be freaking over nothing, but I would like to know what I am to expect and everything.

Thanks. I would prefer dental professionals to answer, but if you have had the same experience I would like to hear from you too.
Answers:    What To Expect After Surgery
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. The following tips will help speed your recovery.

Bite gently on the gauze pad periodically, and change pads as they become soaked with blood. Call your dentist or oral surgeon if you still have bleeding 24 hours after your surgery.
While your mouth is numb, be careful not to bite the inside of your cheek or lip, or your tongue.
Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
Try using an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for the first 24 hours. You can use moist heat-such as a washcloth soaked in warm water and wrung out-for the following 2 or 3 days.
Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
Do not use a straw for the first few days. Sucking on a straw can loosen the blood clot and delay healing.
After the first day, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after your surgery. The sucking motion can loosen the clot and delay healing. In addition, smoking decreases the blood supply and can bring germs and contaminants to the surgery area.
Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully.
Your dentist will remove the stitches after a few days, if needed.



After a wisdom tooth is removed, you may experience:

Pain and swelling in your gums and tooth socket where the tooth was removed.
Bleeding that won't stop for about 24 hours.
Difficulty with or pain from opening your jaw (trismus).
Slow-healing gums.
Damage to existing dental work, such as crowns or bridges, or to roots of a nearby tooth.
A painful inflammation called dry socket, which happens if the protective blood clot is lost too soon.
Numbness in your mouth and lips after the local anesthetic wears off, due to injury or inflammation of nerves in the jaw.
Rare side effects, including:
Numbness in the mouth or lips that does not go away.1
A fractured jaw if the tooth was firmly attached to the jaw bone.
An opening into the sinus cavity when a wisdom tooth is removed from the upper jaw.

(thanks for answering my question)
Sounds quite normal to me.
I've had 2 removed. About the only thing you really notice once the pain and oozing goes away, is, you tend to stick your tongue in the hole, alot.
Sounds pretty damn normal to me. :)
Thats pretty normal.
But you are not supposed to spit for atleast the first 24 hours. It may lead to dislodgement of clot and result in dry socket.
other dont's are,
1. Do not explore the area with your tongue or any other thing, let it heal peacefully
2. from 2nd day onwards you can do warm saline gargling- but lightly.
3. eat soft foods
4. cold foods

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