What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure done to remove damaged tooth or tooth that is beyond repair.
Why do teeth need to be extracted?
- Severe decay or caries
- Severe gum disease (periodontal disease) associated with tooth loosening
- Pathology associated (if the tooth is in close proximity or associated with cyst, tumours or jawbone fracture)
- Impaction associated with recurrent infection or potential damage to adjacent teeth
- Pulpitis (inflammation of tissue within the tooth)
- As part of orthodontic treatment
- Fractured tooth
- When retained (primary or ‘baby’ teeth)
The do’s and don’ts after tooth extraction?
- Get some rest after tooth extraction
- Continue to bite down on the gauze for at least an one hour afterwards to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form. Replace soaked gauze as necessary.
- Take medicine as prescribed
- Consume soft food and cold water
- Rinse mouth with saline rinses (or mix 1 tablespoon of salt and 8oz of warm water) are usually advised after 24 hours tooth extraction and it help in cleaning and maintaining the hygiene of that area.
- Don’t smoke at least 48hours after tooth extraction. The chemicals in the smoke can affect the clot and hence the chances of developing dry socket 3 – 4 days after tooth extraction increases.
- Don’t touch or poke the affected area with tongue, or finger or any objects.
- Don’t consume food or drinks that are acidic, carbonated and hot immediately after tooth extraction
- Don’t do any strenuous activity
- Don’t drink from a straw during recovery. Using a straw could dislodge the beneficial blood clots from the extraction sockets that may lead to dry socket
Complications after tooth extraction
- Persistent pain
- Dry socket
- Bleeding continuous for more than a few hours
- If swelling persist or increase after 3 days or pain is severe, an infection may have develop
- Prolonged numbness
If you experience any of the complication listed above, please seek out dental clinic or hospital nearby immediately!!!
MyHealth(official portal), Ministry of Health
Updated:: 24/10/2017 [sitifaridah]