Tooth Extraction FAQs
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FAQs About Tooth Extraction
If you have questions regarding your upcoming visit to the oral surgeon, you can rest easy. We’re here to address some of the most common concerns patients have.
What happens to people who smoked, after tooth extraction?
Having a tooth pulled leaves an open boney socket in your jaw. Normally, a blood clot will form in this hole, which serves as an insulator. It’s important to avoid suction motions such as drinking through a straw, spitting, vigorous swishing, and especially smoking. All of these actions can potentially cause the blood clot to become dislodged. If this occurs, you’ll start experiencing severe pain, which most people know as a “dry socket.” Even breathing in the air will hurt, since it’ll be touching exposed bone.
If this occurs, you should call the office of the oral surgeon. Louisville residents can reach out to Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center for assistance. There is an in-office medication that we can place within your socket to provide some relief.
Can tooth extraction cause TMJ?
Losing a tooth causes the ones that remain to shift. They can become crooked, slanted, super erupted and gapped. The misaligned teeth cause a change in the way the arches meet together. Your lower jaw may have to put itself in a compromised position to close your mouth.
This change in your bite can cause inflammation of the jaw (temporomandibular/TMJ) joint. The condition is known as TMJD, TMD, or as many people refer to it, “TMJ”. People suffering from this may experience pain on the sides of their face or by the ear. Headaches are also common. If you’re having joint pain caused by oral surgery, Louisville specialist Dr. Curt Hayes can evaluate your condition and give you appropriate recommendations.
Can tooth extraction cause fever?
A high fever is a sign of infection, which can sometimes occur after a tooth extraction. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may be prescribed an antibiotic. If so, make sure you take the complete round as instructed.
The spread of bacteria or poor dental hygiene can cause an infection after a tooth extraction, delaying healing.
Possible signs are:
- Swelling of the face, neck, and/or gum tissue
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in mouth
- Severe pain
- Abnormal bleeding
- Puss or other discharge from extraction site
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after tooth extraction oral surgery, Louisville oral surgeon Dr. Hayes will need to see you right away.
What can I eat or drink after a tooth extraction?
You should avoid beverages that are hot, alcoholic and carbonated. Many mouth rinses contain alcohol, so check your label before using it. Water is best. Milkshakes are fine too, but as mentioned earlier, don’t drink through a straw.
A liquid diet is not necessary; it’s safe to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Some examples are pudding, mashed potatoes, applesauce, rice and soft bread. Avoid hard foods like meat or nuts for a few days post op.
Before you leave the office of the oral surgeon, Louisville specialist Dr. Hayes and his staff will give you instructions on caring for your tooth extraction site. We are here to address all of your concerns!
Learn more about our tooth extraction services here.