6 Possible Side Effects of Tooth Extraction (Pulled Tooth)
Obviously your Houston dentist is wants to preserve as much natural tooth is possible, but sometimes teeth need extracting for a number of different reasons. These can include decay, fracturing, infection or disease. It can be difficult to extract buried or impacted teeth, or teeth that have no visible crown, and sometimes the patient can have very specific medical conditions which make it inadvisable until the problems are resolved. When teeth are extracted there can be a number of possible side-effects, although these should be quite temporary. good after care instructions help avoid many of these problems.
PAIN, BRUISING AND SWELLING AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION
One of the most common side effects following extraction is pain, but normally this should be easily controllable with over-the-counter painkillers, and should ease after a few days. It’s also common to experience some swelling, especially if the gum needed to be cut to remove the tooth. The easiest way to ease this is to use an ice pack. Avoiding exercise, alcohol and hot foods and drinks the first few hours after surgery is also advisable. Bruising is another common side effect, and some people bruise more easily than others, especially older people or those on steroids or aspirin. While the bruising can appear quite dramatic it should resolve itself within a few weeks.
If you are a smoker or are on drugs, then you are more susceptible towards developing infections after extraction. This typically occurs two to four days after surgery and symptoms include pain, an unpleasant taste and bad breath. It’s more likely to occur if you needed bone to be removed during the extraction.
Some people may be at increased risk of suffering from infection, and may even need to take antibiotics before and after the surgery. These include people with heart problems. Diabetics may take longer to heal afterwards, and may need to take extra precautions over checking blood sugar levels before, during and after surgery.
SORENESS AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION
The teeth closest to the extraction sites are likely to feel a little sore afterwards, and they may even feel a little loose but should settle down within a few days. Sometimes the extraction may loosen crowns or fillings.
FEELING A NUMBNESS OR TINGLING SENSATION
Some patients may occasionally experience numbness or a tingling feeling around the lips and tongue, especially when back teeth are removed. This is because the nerves have become bruised, and the sensation is generally temporary.
ONLY BEING ABLE TO OPEN MOUTH A LIMITED DISTANCE
The surgical procedure can leave the muscles of the mouth and jaw feeling quite sore for several days afterwards. This can limit jaw movement in a condition called trismus, and can be made worse if you are unfortunate enough to develop an infection at the same time.
LEFT BEHIND PIECES OF TOOTH OR BONY FLAKES
Occasionally small pieces of root tips may be left behind, and the reason this is done is that trying to remove them could damage the nerves in the surrounding area. It’s very unlikely to cause any problems.
It’s even rarer to have the occasional bony flake work its way through the gums. These come from the sockets of the extracted tooth, and although quite sore often work their way through without any problems. However if a large number of teeth had been extracted it may be necessary to smooth the underlying bone.