Oral Infections and Dental Pain

What About Oral Infections

Oral Pain Is Generally A Sign of Infection


When a person has lived with bad oral hygiene, bacteria can still be alive in the mouth, once a tooth has been extracted, and depending on how bad the tooth was that was pulled, infections following afterwards can be very common.

So that he can greatly reduce a patient’s infection risk, a dentist may sometimes prescribe antibiotics after an extraction. However, even antibiotics can’t prevent infections, in some cases.

You may have already had an oral infection if you have experienced bleeding around the bad tooth to be extracted, pain in response to even light pressure, swollen gums or facial swelling even before your dental extraction visit.

The dentist will definitely prescribe antibiotics to take after your extraction process, if you come in with an infection to begin with. You may indeed need to treat the infection with antibiotics prior to your dentist’s removal of your bad tooth, if it was abscessed.

Due to the presence of bacteria, dental patients can develop an infection after a tooth extraction, in some cases, even though there may have been no prior infection.  Bacteria can be more alive in your mouth than ever, following an extraction, since it has more access following the procedure.

Since a patient will be unable to use any kind of mouthwash for 24-48 hours following an extraction, the exposure can lead to an infection at the site.  There is an inability to destroy the germs which are responsible for bacteria, because you cannot sterilize the mouth for those first two days or so.

Renewed bleeding is one of the first signs of an infection following an extraction, and it occurs normally about 48 hours following an extraction. You should definitely call your dentist for an in person appointment if this happens, even though it isn’t severe under normal circumstances.

Your dentist will be able to give you a prescription, such as an antibiotic to take care of the infection, and to stop your bleeding.

In Case You Need An Extraction

Prior to doing any kind of an extraction, some dentists will prefer to give their patients an antibiotic, regardless of whether there is an abscess in the tooth. Getting rid of any possible infection prior to doing any dental work is something many dentists prefer.

A dentist will do this in order to numb the area where there is any infection, knowing it may take a lot of extra work and medication since a local anesthesia will not always work effectively when an infection is involved.

When a dentist simply cannot wait a few days, it is still possible to sufficiently numb you, in the event the tooth absolutely has to be removed promptly. It can be done with the administration of a sufficient amount of medication.

In the event where a local anesthesia doesn’t do the necessary numbing, a dentist will sometimes need to use laughing gas or an IV sedation. The dentist will be able to extract the troublesome tooth, as the IV sedation will normally knock you out or put you to sleep.

In some instances the dentist may not have to use antibiotics for a tooth extraction, even though it may need to be dealt with in an immediate fashion due to the pain that some infections can cause.  Proper oral dental care can normally allow an extraction wound to heal, if there isn’t an abnormal amount of germs inn your mouth.

The extraction site can usually be kept sufficiently clean by using a salt water rinse the first several days following the procedure. You shouldn’t normally have any further problems or infections if the site is cared form properly and the dentist’s instructions are followed.

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