Dealing With Tooth Infections

People who do not practice good oral hygiene often are surprised to know that after an extraction bacteria is still alive in their mouth.

Bacteria can be found before and after an extraction, and depending on how bad the infection is the dentist will prescribe correct antibiotics. These Antibiotics will reduce the possibility of getting an infection but it will not prevent infection.

These are a few indications that you may have an infection.

1. Swelling of the face.

2. Swollen gums.

3. Pain in your teeth under light pressure.

4. Bleeding around the extraction site.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should visit your dentist as quickly as possible. After a full examination antibiotics will then be prescribed to be taken after or before the extraction is performed.

Needless to say that if you have already got a bad abscess the dentist will have to treat the infection first before attempting to extract the tooth.

If you are one of the unlucky ones that get an infection after the tooth has been pulled then the reason will be bacteria. Even if you had no infection previously bacteria is more prevalent before than after a tooth has been removed.

After an extraction you will be instructed by your dentist not to brush or use mouthwash for the next 24 -48 hours. During this time the bacteria in your mouth will be able to run rampant because you will not be using the means to kill all the germs that are now prevalent in your mouth.

If you experience bleeding after the extraction during the next 48 hours even if it is not heavy bleeding make an appointment to see your dentist right away. Your dentist will then prescribe the correct medication to stop the bleeding.

Most dentists prefer to treat an infection before extraction because they know that local anesthesia will not work well with infection. If you have a bad infection this makes it more difficult for medicine to numb the area of an extraction.

The dentist may then decide to avoid administering a large amount of medicine in the badly infected area and choose to use an IV sedation, which is also known as “laughing gas”. After the patient has been put to sleep the dentist can then remove the tooth that was giving so much trouble. This usually makes the dentist’s job a lot easier.

After the extraction, your dentist’s instructions will be to rinse your mouth with salt water for the next few days and to continue to keep the area clean and relatively germ free.

By practicing good dental hygiene and visiting your dentist on a regular basis for examination and cleaning, you will most likely never have to visit the dentist for an extraction again.

Source by Edith P Follett

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