A dental extraction is a surgical procedure in which a dentist has diagnosed a tooth to be hopeless in restoring and has decided to recommend pulling of the tooth. Depending on the degree of difficulty in taking the tooth out, one can expect different post-surgical instructions. All post-surgical instructions attempt to avoid complications that can arise from a dental extraction such as dry socket, relapse infection and post-operative pain.
Dry socket is a condition in which the blood clot that forms after an extraction becomes dislodged. This can occur due to reasons such as smoking (or any act that creates negative pressure in the mouth) or insufficient bleeding after extraction. A common symptom of this is INTENSE PAIN – pain is common after any surgical procedure but the pain arising from dry socket is far more intense. If you suspect you have this condition contact your dental health professional.
For simple extractions rinsing area with warm salt water and application of light pressure with damp gauze is sufficient to attain healing. The dentist may prescribe an antibiotic and/or pain medication, which should be taken exactly as recommended.
More complicated extractions may require follow-ups with the dentist in order to gauge healing and to spot any complications before they become serious. The dentist will ensure at these appointments that adequate healing is taking place. If you are ever unsure about how the tooth is healing do not hesitate to contact your dental health professional.