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I doubt that it is at all related to the wisdom tooth that you had pulled such a long time ago. Also, it would be extremely unlikely to have an infection there. Usually with a tooth infection there is a lot of pain in the mouth, not just some numbness or stiffness.
I really don't know what it can be from but I would just wait and see if the symptoms continue. Sometimes TMJ can cause some soreness in that area (inflammation in the joint of the jaw) but I doubt that anything is going on.
I think if your symptoms continue, you should see your dentist to get it checked out but only if the symptoms get worse or don't go away after several days.
Oh, I see. I completely misunderstood your question. Sorry...
Yes, if the wisdom tooth is still there, it can cause some problems but I would think symptoms would be worse then what you described. When mine got inflamed I had a lot of pain, the entire right lower side of my mouth was numb and I had a lot of swelling. My tooth was inflamed and infected so it was pulled out 3 days later. Maybe with early inflammation it wouldn't cause such severe symptoms so I would suggest that you see your dentist if the symptoms don't go away in a few days. Sometimes our good old friend Advil can help initially if there is some inflammation caused by the tooth so maybe you can take a couple of pills today and tomorrow to see what happens. The rinses you have been doing are ok too.
Sorry, I was with the patient and couldn't respond.
I agree, I think it would be better to wait and see how symptoms progress (if they will at all) and then take it from there.
I don't know how much Aleve you take, but it is safe to take 2 Aleves at a time when needed (just make sure you have something in your stomach when you do that.
Ok, talk soon,