Nobody likes to go through such a dental procedure but the truth is that many times it is better to extract the badly infected tooth as soon as possible, before any further complications occur.
Infection and bacteria can easily end up into the bloodstream, and then your health can be jeopardized. When the dentist tells that you need an extraction, do not postpone it but gather all your inner strength and get it done.
After extraction, many patients do not pay attention to the postoperative care tips they should follow, and then they end up with a painful dry socket or other such complications. Check out the below tips, so that you will be prepared in case you need an extraction:
Always make sure to apply a steady pressure on the extraction area. The dentist will apply a sterile gauze onto the extraction site after the extraction takes place. Make sure to bite steadily, in order to stop bleeding and allow the clot to be formed.
If you take out the gauze, and there is still bleeding present, apply another sterile gauze and bite. The mouth is a constantly moistened area, so healing of any wound will be more difficult than on other parts of your body.
For minimum 24 hours after the extraction, you are not allowed to spit or rinse your mouth. This is important, otherwise you can dislodge the clot that is forming there, and then you end up with a very painful dry socket. Also, do not use a straw when drinking your juice, because the suction power can hurt the extraction area.
Patients who are smokers need to be extremely careful. For at least 48 hours, you are not allowed to smoke, because you are at risk of dislodging the clot.
If you see that your cheek starts welling, which is normal after such a surgery, you should apply externally an ice pack. Keep the pack over your cheek for about 10 minutes.
Then, take it off and apply it as necessary to get the sensation of comfort, but do not keep the ice pack more than 5 to 10 minutes.
After 24 hours from the extraction, you are allowed to slightly rinse your mouth with a mixture of lukewarm water and a pinch of salt.
This mixture speeds up the healing progress, and it helps disinfecting the mouth. You should rinse your mouth for the days following the extraction with this mixture at least twice a day.
It is always important to get enough rest after dental extraction. After all, you have gone through a surgical procedure and your system is extenuated.
Rest with your head in elevated position, and make sure you do not engage in any type of physical exercise until the site of extraction heals nicely.