The most common cause of pain after a tooth extraction is a dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis. A dry socket occurs after a tooth extraction where a blood clot does not correctly form, is dislodged, and/or dissolves in the area of the removed tooth. In addition, many dry socket conditions are associated with localized infection at the extraction site. Without proper blood clot formation, this may delay the healing of the surgical area and become very painful for the patient.
The treatment for a dry socket varies. Without intervention, the dry socket will heal on its own and not present any long-term side effects. If it is deemed necessary, a dry socket may be treated by irrigating the extraction site of any foreign matter (i.e., food particles or incomplete blood clot) with saline and placing a Eugenol-base medicament into the extraction socket. This treatment will oftentimes provide substantial relief and allow the body to begin to heal itself.
How Long Should I Expect Pain after a Tooth Extraction
It is normal to have discomfort for the first two or three days after tooth extraction. Remember to follow all post-operative instructions and care. It is highly encouraged to follow your care instructions even if you feel great the next day after your extraction. Post extraction discomfort related to a dry socket or delayed healing can appear a few days later. Continue to treat the site of your surgery very carefully for the first 72 hours to assist in timely and pain-free healing.
The Signs of Infection You Should Look For after Your Tooth Extraction
The extraction surgical site is an open wound in an environment (your mouth) that already has a lot of bacteria. If an antibiotic was prescribed after your extraction, it is particularly important to take it as directed. Should a secondary or residual infection begin after your extraction it will be indicated by swelling, and sometimes pain. This should be resolved between your prescribed antibiotics and your body’s immune system. Please call our office if you notice your pain and/or swelling is not resolving. If your swelling progresses to where you are having difficulty breathing or swallowing, then you must report to your nearest emergency department immediately.
How to Minimize Post-extraction Pain and Discomfort
As always, follow the post-operative instructions provided by your general dentist. If an antibiotic was prescribed for your extraction, then be sure to take it as directed in its entirety. Avoid carbonated beverages, spitting or sucking (i.e., the use of straws or swishing mouth rinse), or strenuous physical activity for the first 48 hours. Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for a minimum of three days after your extraction procedure. Remember, a tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and should be treated with delicate and gentle care for the first 2-3 days.
How We Can Make Your Extraction Process Pain-Free
Fortunately, Dr. Scott Mahlin and the team at Clarkson Dental Group are one of the few general dental offices in Missouri to offer IV moderate sedation (previously known as twilight sedation or conscious sedation). By utilizing sedation, we can ensure your comfort before, during, and after your extraction procedure(s).
Our office has safely and effectively treated fearful and apprehensive patients for their dental needs. From simple fillings to complex comprehensive dental care, the IV Sedation allows for patients to get the dental care they deserve in a pain-free, safe environment.
Tooth Replacement Options after an Extraction
After your tooth extraction, we can help replace your missing tooth or teeth with tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, crowns, and bridges. It’s important to have your tooth replaced after extraction for the sake of your oral health.
When patients have missing teeth, their remaining natural teeth can begin to drift and change position, which can affect the patient’s bite. Without natural teeth, the jaw also does not receive the proper stimulation it needs for adequate bone growth. Dental implants can resolve that problem by providing the proper stimulation for bone growth.
Dr. Mahlin will evaluate your dental situation and recommend the best tooth replacement solution for you. Once your extraction site has healed, we can create an attractive tooth replacement to help you maintain your oral health and complete your smile. The best part of tooth replacement is that the options available now are so natural-looking, no one even needs to know you've had a tooth replaced.
Tooth extractions are incredibly common, so if you need a tooth extracted, you are not alone and should never feel as though you are. We are here to help.
Tooth Extraction in Chesterfield, MO
At Clarkson Dental Group, we provide outstanding dental care, including tooth extractions, to patients in Chesterfield and surrounding areas, such as Wildwood, Ellisville, Town and Country, Clarkson Valley, and Ballwin.
We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding tooth extraction in our office, so please feel free to reach out if you have any concerns. If you wish to schedule an appointment, also feel free to call us. We will be happy to work with you to set up a convenient appointment for your extraction.