How To Prevent Infections Following Tooth Extraction

Considering wisdom tooth extraction? While complications are rare, ensuring proper care of your teeth and gums can help avoid issues and ensure a smooth recovery process.

Here at Brookshire Smile Dental, our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dedicated to providing you with all the information you need for a successful tooth extraction. Below, we offer some essential tips to guide you through the process.

Identifying Signs of Infection

Following a wisdom tooth extraction, a blood clot forms naturally to safeguard the extraction site from bacteria.

However, if this clot is disrupted, infection may occur. While a certain level of bleeding and swelling is normal post-surgery, there are red flags to watch out for. Reach out to our team immediately if you experience:

  • Excessive bleeding at the extraction site
  • Persistent pain unrelieved by medication
  • Increased swelling of the face and jaw
  • Draining discharge or pus
  • Fever

Preventing Infection

Taking proactive steps can significantly reduce the risk of infection after wisdom tooth extraction. Firstly, it’s crucial to adhere strictly to the instructions provided by your oral surgeon. The experts and professionals can guide you on how to clean and care for the treatment site at home.

Additionally, they offer advice on prescribed medications, dietary recommendations, and other essential details for a successful recovery.
Maintaining impeccable oral hygiene post-extraction is paramount. Patients should ensure thorough cleaning of their teeth and gums while allowing the blood clot to heal undisturbed.

Gentle rinsing with warm salt water and refraining from forceful spitting is advised. We may also suggest incorporating an antiseptic solution into your daily routine. Avoiding picking or pulling at the blood clot is crucial, but if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Post-Extraction Guidelines

Follow these tips to facilitate optimal results and monitor your healing progress:

  • Utilize gauze: Expect some bleeding during recovery; gauze can help manage it. Bite down lightly on the gauze and avoid disturbing the area. Change gauze as needed.
  • Complete prescribed antibiotics: Most patients receive antibiotics pre or post-surgery. It’s imperative to finish the course unless advised otherwise by your oral surgeon.
  • Rest: Refrain from strenuous activities for several days to allow for adequate recovery.
  • Avoid tobacco: Smoking hampers healing and introduces harmful bacteria. Consider quitting altogether for enhanced recovery.

Summing Up

We understand that oral surgery can be daunting. Whether it’s a wisdom tooth extraction or another procedure, our dedicated team at Brookshire Smile Dental is here to support you. Reach out to us by calling at (281) 934-1010, for a consultation and let us guide you through a successful recovery.