Having tooth extraction, especially the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, may open a can of various issues if not dealt with properly. There are chances of an infection, or your surrounding teeth may start to hurt after tooth extraction. Let’s discuss the latter in this piece.
Why Do Your Surrounding Teeth Hurt After Tooth Extraction?
Under some circumstances, impacted wisdom teeth may exert extra pressure on your surrounding teeth, resulting in a change in your bite and a sensation of shifting teeth.
This situation is usually seen when all four wisdom teeth are removed simultaneously. However, these symptoms typically subside once the inflammation goes down and your teeth and gums adjust to the new normal. If the pain persists, contacting your dental office to rule out any additional issues is advisable.
Managing Pain After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction surgery, it is normal to experience throbbing and sensitivity in the extraction area (socket). For this, your dentist will prescribe a pain relief medication to help lessen your discomfort.
The severity of pain and recovery time depend on the position of the tooth extracted. For instance, the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth may cause prolonged heavy pain.
When to Seek a Dentist
While some discomfort is normal and standard after tooth extraction, there are certain signs that indicate that it is time to get in touch with your dentist:
- Severe, worsening pain.
- Sudden onset of pain.
- Continuous pain even after exceeding 3 days.
- Exposed (dry) socket.
- Noticeable bad breath (halitosis).
- Pain spreads to your temple, neck, eye, or ear.
Duration of Tooth Extraction Pain
Typically, most people find that tooth extraction pain halts after a few days (around 3). However, this depends largely on the severity of the case and aftercare.
Techniques to Relieve Tooth Pain at Home
If you cannot immediately get an appointment, deal with throbbing pain and sensitivity with these home remedies.
- Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can help manage pain, swelling, and inflammation.
- Apply a cold compress (such as ice wrapped in a paper towel) to the side of your cheek to reduce swelling.
- Once the swelling has decreased, a warm compress can provide soothing relief.
- Prop your head up with pillows when lying down.
- Stick to soft, cold foods for the first few days.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater four to five times daily, starting one day after the surgery.
Remember to diligently follow your dentist‘s aftercare instructions and avoid overexertion to promote a speedy recovery.
Reach out to Modena Dentistry at (346) 966-3362 for more information on tooth extractions. You can also come to visit us at 6915 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W Suite G, Houston, TX 77069, near the T-Mobile outlet.