When patients get Tooth Extractions in Salem, Oregon they have some common concerns and questions. Here we take a look at the Top 3 Concerns and what you can expect after the procedure:
1. How Long Does It Take to Heal?
The extraction area will be sore for about a week, give or take a few days, depending on how quickly you heal. The soft tissue of the gums heals up within three or four weeks and it takes about three to four months for the bone to reach full density before a dental implant can be placed there.
2. What Happens If It Gets Infected?
This is another very common question we get from patients that have gotten their teeth extracted. Some tooth infections and related problems that may surface include:
- Sometimes, the extraction site becomes infected and you may notice pus or drainage or you may run a fever. In this case, it’s important that you visit your dentist without delay and they will decide whether an antibiotic is appropriate for you.
- A bit of bleeding is normal post an extraction, but unless there is excessive oozing of blood, it isn’t anything to worry out.
- Dry sockets are another concern in some tooth extractions. These are small exposed areas of the bone which cause inflammation of the area and can be a little painful. It typically happens a week after the extraction. Applying slight pressure to the area can help ease the pain.
- Often, during a tooth extraction, a little piece or sliver of bone works its way out where the tooth was and some patients become alarmed about it. This isn’t major at all. Most the time it will come out on its own after a day or two.
3. How Bad Is It Going to Hurt?
Patients in Salem, OR wonder about how they’re going to cope with the pain and discomfort that comes with a tooth extraction. The soreness won’t be so severe that it will be incapacitating. It also won’t keep you in bed for an entire week, but it will definitely be a little tender during this time. The patients’ pain threshold is the other factor which plays a role in how well they are able to handle the slight pain.
Consult with your doctor; he or she will prescribe some pain medication to help you get through the discomfort. We at Hunsaker Dental always recommend certain OTC (Over the Counter) medications, in addition to prescription medications.
Some Other Concerns…
Patients also want to know how soon they can start to eat normal foods after a tooth extraction. A lot of people feel they can’t eat anything but soups or liquids. But, you can actually eat normal foods pretty quickly. Just steer clear of things like tortilla chips or tough foods that will gouge the area or damage the sutures.
For more information on what to expect after a tooth extraction and to see what other dental services we offer, feel free to contact us at any of the numbers listed on our website. You can visit any one of our locations depending on which one is most convenient to you.