A tooth extraction may be necessary for a wide range of conditions, from impacted wisdom teeth to interference with orthodontic work. You can expect some slight discomfort after the procedure, but if you feel worse than that, you might want to get checked out.
Right after Surgery
After your tooth extraction, your oral surgeon will pack gauze over the site and instruct you to bite down until a blood clot forms and bleeding is controlled. It’s important for your healing that you stay on bed rest for the remainder of the day. When you brush your teeth, do not brush the extraction site, but rinse it with salt water to help keep your mouth clean.
What Pain Medications Can You Take?
After oral surgery, your doctor will clearly explain helpful strategies for pain management. You may be given a prescription for strong painkillers. If you are sensitive to these drugs and experience unwanted side effects like nausea, your oral surgeon may suggest that you take over-the-counter medications like Advil during the day and reserve the stronger prescriptions for nighttime.
What Can You Do to Reduce Swelling?
A tooth extraction, especially a wisdom tooth, can result in a lot of swelling in the gums and other mouth tissues. You will see the most swelling two to three days following surgery, but using ice regularly can help cut down on the inflammation.
Apply an ice pack or a bag of ice to the cheek closest to the tooth extraction site. Hold it in place for 20 minutes, then take it off for 20 minutes. Follow this pattern after surgery for at least 24 hours. You also may need to take anti-swelling medication if your oral surgeon deems it necessary.
When Should You Call Your Oral Surgeon?
A tooth extraction is a normal procedure that is expected to cause some discomfort, but how much is normal, and how much signals a complication?
Your most severe pain will be felt in the six hours after the anesthetic wears off. After this, if you feel like you need frequent doses of pain medication to function, you should contact your oral surgeon.
Just as excessive pain is a sign of a problem, uncontrolled bleeding is as well. If blood clots aren’t forming even when you’re resting, icing the area and biting down on gauze, this is a sign you should call the surgeon’s office. The tooth extraction site may bleed for up to 48 hours, but if you must frequently change gauze pads and the bleeding shows no sign of stopping, you need medical attention.
Trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery when you need a tooth extraction, and you will receive attentive, professional care before, during and after surgery.