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Is Tooth Extraction Painful?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliersNatural teeth can last a lifetime. However, some factors can increase the chances of teeth removal. For instance, crowded teeth can put your mouth at risk of infection since bacteria and debris can hide between the teeth. In addition, this oral issue can cause bite problems. For this reason, a dentist may remove some teeth to improve oral health and ensure proper teeth alignment.

Other reasons for tooth extraction are severely damaged teeth, infections, and tooth impaction. If you are considering tooth extraction, you may be wondering whether it is painful. The entire procedure can hurt. However, a professional uses anesthesia to eliminate pain and make tooth pulling comfortable. The dentist can also prescribe over-the-counter pain medication to help you manage the pain. Most importantly, you will get tips on how to take care of the mouth after teeth removal. Here are some of the tips:

Clean Your Mouth Regularly

Tooth extraction is a safe process. However, bacteria can invade the open wound, leading to infections. To avoid oral issues and promote faster healing, good oral hygiene should be your priority. This may involve brushing the remaining teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to clean your tongue and avoid brushing the wounded area to prevent dislodging the blood clot.

Removing the blood clot leaves behind a dry socket, which is painful and can slow down recovery. In this case, you can consider rinsing your mouth with warm and salt water to remove bacteria and debris from the wound area.

Allow Blood to Clot

A blood clot is part of recovery. It also protects the empty socket from bacteria likely to cause infections. After extraction, a dentist may place gauze in the socket to stop bleeding. Blood clots only form after the bleeding stops. For this reason, you may need to bite on the gauze for about 30-45 minutes, and if the bleeding continues, you may need to change the gauze pad.

Other ways to help blood clot formation include quitting smoking and avoiding chewing on the extraction site. Be sure not to spit or use a straw to prevent dislodging the blood clot. Book a consultation with one of our professionals if you have any questions about tooth extraction.

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