Managing Pain After Having A Tooth Extracted

Your post-op tooth extraction experience may be different from the next person. Some people sail right through the healing process, while others struggle.

There are certain reasons why you may have a harder time getting over your extraction and what you can do to help.

A Dry Socket Has Developed

Once a tooth is pulled, it leaves a hollow opening in your bone.  Quickly after your procedure, a blood clot forms to cover the area. This clot acts as an insulator and protector for the extraction site. If it becomes dislodged, the bone becomes exposed, which is known as a “dry socket.”  Dry sockets are extremely painful as bone is not meant to be exposed. When you breathe, the air will touch the area and hurt.

If a dry socket develops, you’ll notice it about 3 - 4 days after your extraction. So, if your pain level isn’t getting any better, but in fact, it’s worse, you should see our dentist in Encino right away.  We’ll place a medicated material over the area to insulate your socket and provide you with some relief.

The Extraction Was Difficult

Some teeth are harder to extract than others.  Molars have multiple roots compared to front teeth.  These roots can be curved, making them more challenging to maneuver out of the bone.  Some people also have denser bone than others. At times, the tooth is impacted in the bone and need to be removed in fragments.  Each of these factors can affect your healing.

If your tooth was difficult to pull, you’ll have a longer healing time. Alternating a cold compress on the area and taking pain relievers as directed can help to manage discomfort.

Tooth Extractions in Encino 

If you need to have a tooth pulled, or are having trouble with an extraction site, then schedule an appointment to see our Encino dentist. We’ll do everything possible to help you feel whole again!

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