Pain After Tooth Extraction
Why? And What To Do For It!
First and foremost, it is probably unrealistic to think or expect that you will not undergo any sort of pain after having one or more of your teeth removed. Pain After Tooth extraction is common, as it is considered minor surgery and there will likely be some discomfort involved. However, you also have to know the difference between ‘normal pain’ and ‘abnormal pain’.
Why is this so?
While it is normal that you would undergo some pain, it should not be too severe so as to be unbearable. If the pain is too much to withstand, there is likely something wrong with the procedure. In this situation, you should call your dentist.
Another indication of abnormal pain after tooth extraction is the length of duration. Normally, you should only feel a slight pain or tenderness for a couple of days to a week. Any pain that extends more than this period of time is no longer normal.
What exactly causes abnormal pain after tooth extraction?
There are many reasons. One possibility is the condition called ‘dry socket’. This occurs when the procedure left the gums open and the bone beneath the gums exposed. The pain associated with this condition is described as ‘severe’.
To know if you have dry socket, you can look at the wound using a mirror. It should look like an open hole with some gutty remains of bones. If you see this or if the pain is enough to make you suspect a dry socket, you should call your dentist.
Pain may also occur if you happened to accidentally disturb the wound area. This is why you should carefully listen to the instructions of your dentist before going home.
After having your tooth removed, your dentist will explain how to precede in after care for the area your tooth was extracted. You should follow the advice of your dentist carefully to enable quick recovery and healing.
You should also take care when cleaning your mouth. When gargling for instance, you should be careful to do it a lot gentler than usual. If you do it vigorously, you could dislodge the blood clot that has already formed. This will result in bleeding and pain. You should also avoid eating hard and solid foods for a few days. It is also advisable to avoid chewing around the area of extraction.
For the normal pain that is associated with tooth extraction, you can simply take over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen. This should help in any slight or normal pain after tooth extraction.
Keep monitoring any pain or discomfort and if you are ever worried about it, contact your dentist immediately.