Tooth Extraction Recovery
The recovery period for a normal tooth extraction is quick and you are normally able to go about your activities durnig the same hour. For surgical tooth extractions, your dentist my recommend rest for the first few day various with the complexity of your surgical tooth removal. The healing period for wisdom tooth extractions can take up to 2 weeks.
Tooth Extraction Pain
If you tooth extraction is surgical one with soft tissue or bone impaction that may be near the nerves, it is normal that you may have a swollen mouth and cheeks or feel some bruising during the first few days. It will however gradually improve. Your oral surgeon will always administer you with pain relief mediation and antibiotics. Gently press a cold cloth or use an ice-pack over the swollen region to help reduce swelling.
Teeth Extraction Complications
With all types of surgery, dental or medical, there are risks involved that your oral surgeon discusses with you prior to the start of oral surgery. Possible complications for tooth extraction may include :
- Infection or delayed healing is based on an individual’s immune system and body response. Infection is more likely if you smoke during your recovery or have related medical compromise conditions. Symptons of infection include high temperature, yellow or white discharge from the site, persistent tooth extraction pain and swelling.
- “Dry socket” is whereby a blood clot fails to develop in the tooth socket. This cuases a dull aching sensation in gum or jaw from an empty tooth socket. A bad smell or taste can sometime arise.
- There is a risk of nerve damage with a tingling or numb sensation in your tongue, lower lip, chin, teeth and gums. It is usually temporary, but in very rare cases, can be permanent.
- Bleeding can occur post surgery. This normally stops after a while. If there are signs of heavy or continuous bleeding from the extracted site, please contact your dentist immediately.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
After having surgical teeth removal, below are aftercare instructions to follow to help alleviate any discomfort and prevent infection:
- Please do take pain relieve medications and antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist. The antibiotics course should be taken until coplete.
- Immediately after tooth removal, there may be some bleeding. Bite firmly but gently on a gauze pad to allow blood to clot. Change the gauze when it feels soaked.
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction.
- After 24 hours, you may rinse with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water to clean the area.
- Use an ice pack and place over the affected area after surgery to keep down swelling. You may apply ice for intervals of 10 minutes.
- Limit any strenuous activity for the first two days.
- Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours. Sucking action may cause the clot to dislodge.
- You are advised not to smoke as it can inhibit healing.
- Soft and cold foods are recommended on the day after the tooh extraction. You can add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
- Prop your head with pillows when lying down.
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth to prevent infection avoiding the extraction site directly.