Tooth Extraction Aftercare: Infection Prevention
A tooth extraction is generally a simple and minimally invasive treatment that we undertake at Dentistry @ Richmond. Most patients recover rapidly with few side effects if they pay strict attention to post-extraction care. Most people already have bacteria in their mouths, which are normally kept under control by daily dental hygiene. An infection after a tooth extraction, on the other hand, might start when germs enter the space where the tooth was removed.
Tooth extraction is a standard dental operation, with serious tooth decay and tooth trauma being two of the most prevalent reasons for extraction. When a tooth is extracted, it leaves a hole that must be clotted to prevent infection. The clot serves as a barrier against any outside elements that could induce infection. If the clot fails to form for some reason, the region is vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, the odds of infection are extremely slim, but it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for any signs that can prompt you to take action.
Our dental team works hard to reduce the odds of a post-procedure infection, but in rare cases, infections happen. Here’s everything you need to know about preventing infections after a tooth extraction, as well as what steps to take if one occurs.
How does infection after a tooth extraction start?
Infection can develop when bacteria are allowed to penetrate the hole where the tooth used to be. Once the bacteria enter the bloodstream, the infection begins. To avoid infection, all dental patients must carefully follow our dentist’s post-operative instructions. It is critical to keep the region free of debris in order to avoid recurring infections. One of the most common causes for someone getting an infection after having one or more teeth pulled is because they smoked too soon after the treatment.
What are the signs of infection after a tooth extraction?
While it’s common for the area around the extraction to be red and swollen, the following symptoms could indicate an infection:
- The socket may release a white or yellow pus
- Swelling is natural at first, but it might become concerning if it persists
- After the first few days, the pain should subside. If it continues to rise, an infection may be on the way
- While a fever can be caused by a variety of things, it can also be a sign of a tooth extraction infection
- Bacteria could be the cause of bad breath if your mouth doesn’t smell right even after you’ve rinsed
- There is a bad taste in your mouth after the extraction for a brief time, but a persistent acrid or bitter taste is not normal
- Once a blood clot forms, most bleeding will stop. Take further efforts to control the probable infection if your mouth continues to bleed
- If you feel better for a while and then start to feel uncomfortable again, it could be an indication that an infection is forming
How can I prevent infection after tooth extraction?
Please carefully follow our post-operative recommendations. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
- After the extraction, do not engage in any intense activities for at least 24 hours
- Keep a close eye on your food and fluids intake to avoid dislodging the blood clot that has formed
- Smoking is not permitted as it could dislodge the blood clot
- Clear the area of any debris
- To eradicate the bacteria, gently rinse your mouth with a warm water/salt mixture after 24 hours
- Maintain your oral hygiene routine but be especially cautious around the extraction site
What to do If you suspect you might have an infection
After your extraction, you’ll most likely experience some discomfort, soreness, or pain. It’s also usual to experience some facial swelling. These symptoms will be alleviated by the medications prescribed by your doctor. They may also prescribe a variety of over-the-counter drugs. If your pain doesn’t go away two or three days after the extraction, you should see your dentist. If your discomfort suddenly intensifies after a few days, you should see your dentist right away to rule out an infection.
If you suspect you have an infection following a tooth extraction, please contact our dental office right away so we can confirm its presence and prescribe any necessary actions and treatments. Please contact us if you experience any other uncomfortable symptoms or notice that the bleeding has not stopped. We can then offer additional guidance or evaluate whether a follow-up session is necessary. Contact us today at Dentistry @ Richmond if you think you might need a tooth extraction or if you have any questions on post-extraction care.