Teeth Hurting Post Extraction – What Could The Reason Be?

Mild pain and discomfort are normal in the surrounding teeth after tooth extraction. However, if it surpasses the time period of 5 days, do not ignore the cry of your mouth!

Top Reasons Why Your Surrounding Teeth May Be Hurting After Tooth Extraction

Normal Aches and Pain of The Healing Process

The reason why you don’t feel a thing during a tooth extraction procedure is anesthesia. However, once it wears off, you may experience some discomfort. This pain is part of the normal healing process and should subside over time.

The pain usually peaks within the first 24 hours after the extraction and gradually improves over the next few days. By the third or fourth day, most people feel significantly better. However, it’s normal to experience mild swelling and soreness for up to a week.

To manage this normal healing pain, over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can be quite effective. Additionally, applying a cold patch on the outer area of your cheek can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Preventing Dry Sockets After Tooth Extraction

While most post-extraction pain is part of the healing process, there are situations where it could indicate a more significant problem. One such complication is called a dry socket.

After tooth extraction, blood clots in the socket to protect the underlying bone and nerves. However, in some cases, this clot may not form correctly or become dislodged before the hole is adequately filled. When this happens, you may experience intense, throbbing pain.

If you suspect you have a dry socket, it’s essential to seek immediate dental attention. Your dentist can clean the area to remove any food debris and then pack it with medicated gauze to promote healing and protect the underlying bone and nerve.

To minimize the risk of dry sockets, avoid activities that may dislodge the blood clot, such as smoking or drinking through a straw.

Aftercare Instructions

After tooth extraction, your gums may bleed for a few minutes. Your dentist will provide a soft padding for you to bite on, which helps stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has subsided, you’ll be able to go home.

Before you leave, your dentist or surgeon will give you instructions on caring for your teeth and gums during the recovery period. This may include recommendations for painkillers, an antibacterial mouthwash, and, in some cases, antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.

If you received general anesthesia or a sedative, it’s important to rest until the effects wear off. Ask a trusted friend or family member to accompany you home and stay with you while the anesthesia or sedative wears off.

In most cases, a follow-up appointment after a tooth extraction is not necessary. However, if you had a complex extraction or your dentist advises it, you may need to schedule a check-up to monitor your healing progress.

Closing Note

For more information, reach out to Katy Cypress Oral Surgery at (281) 667-0607 or visit our clinic at 6155 N Fry Rd, suite 600, Katy, TX 77449, located next to Smoothie King.

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