Risks Following Tooth Extractions: Dry Sockets and Infections

Tooth Extractions in AnnapolisA few weeks ago, we outlined one of the Risks Following Tooth Extractions, dry socket. When a blood clot never forms or becomes dislodged, the bone and fine nerve endings are left unprotected. This very painful condition, which delays the healing process, is known as a dry socket (alveolar osteitis). Another potential risk following tooth extractions is infection.

In many cases, a tooth is extracted because it has become badly decayed and the infection in the tooth threatens to spread to other parts of the mouth. Because of this, it is extracted, leaving an empty socket. After the initial bleeding, a blood clot will form, protecting the socket from bacterial infection. However, when a clot fails to form or becomes dislodged, the socket becomes vulnerable.

Symptoms of Tooth Extraction Infection

  1. Facial pain
  2. Numbness
  3. Redness
  4. Swelling
  5. Pus
  6. Fever
  7. Chills
  8. Severe headache
  9. Bad breath
  10. Nausea
  11. Vomiting
  12. Shortness of breath
  13. Chest pains
  14. Sore jaw

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms following your tooth extraction, call your dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Extractions in Annapolis, Maryland

At Annapolis Dental Care, you can rest assured that you will receive the finest, personalized, attention you deserve. We offer several different forms of anesthetic, ensuring you are comfortable and pain free during the procedure. In most cases, a local anesthetic is sufficient for keeping you pain free, but, because we cater to cowards, we offer other anesthetic options as well that allow you to virtually sleep through the extraction.

Once the procedure is completed, we’ll clearly and thoroughly explain the steps you should take to reduce your pain during the recovery process and to maintain your oral health as your mouth heals. These steps include:

  1. Take painkillers as prescribed.
  2. Rinsing with salt water 24 hours after surgery. Do this several times a day.
  3. Eating soft foods.
  4. Avoid touching or rubbing the area with your tongue.
  5. Avoid laying down flat immediately after the dental procedure. This may prolong bleeding.
  6. Avoid physical activity after surgery. This may increase bleeding.
  7. Avoid smoking.
  8. Carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

Looking further ahead, we have many ways of replacing the tooth you’ve lost, as well, including dentures, bridgework, and dental implants.

If you have any questions about Tooth Extractions in Annapolis, Maryland, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today! You can also follow Annapolis Dental Care on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

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