August 25, 2010

Tips And Remedies For Reliving Pain Before or After Tooth Extraction

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

A bad toothache can be extremely troublesome. If the tooth is considerably damaged or infected, extraction is the only way to treat it. The reasons for a tooth infection could include any of the following: formation of cavity, gum diseases, tooth abscesses, and tooth decay.

Infected Tooth Extraction

Infected tooth extraction can be simple or complex, depending on the procedure involved. The dentist would either opt for root canal therapy (tooth is saved) or removal of wisdom tooth due to impaction if that is the tooth that is troubling you, or simple extraction. Teeth impaction occurs when they do not grow in the normal position due to gum position, bone formation, or presence of other teeth. Teeth are removed if they are badly decayed or broken beyond repair. It is important to remove the teeth to protect the rest of the teeth and for oral health.

Care After Extraction: Tooth extraction requires care after surgery and ample rest. It is quite normal to have pain and bleeding just after tooth extraction. Blood will eventually clot, allowing the injury to heal. However, sharp pain might be experienced once the anesthesia wears out. Doctors will prescribe antibiotics and pain killers to cope with pain and to prevent nausea and vomiting; it is important that the patient eat some food to coat the lining of the stomach. Some home remedies for pain after tooth extraction include the following.

  • To stop bleeding after tooth extraction, you can bite on to a piece of gauze, which will stop blood flow, but do not bite too hard as that might increase the pain.
  • Use a straw to drink fluids.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid rubbing the area, but you can use hot pad or cold pad to reduce pain. Wet and cold tea bags can be used to relieve pain and stop bleeding.
  • The care taken for 24 hours after dental surgery helps in quickening the healing process. Rinse or gargle with warm salt water to clean the mouth and also to ward off infection.
  • For the first twelve hours do not brush your teeth. If you have swelling and pain after tooth extraction, you can place a clove between the teeth to relieve pain. It is an effective home remedy after tooth extraction.
  • Take ample rest to recover after tooth extraction. Try not to exert yourself by doing exercises and going to work. To add to the rest, it is important to eat and drink well. Consume a soft diet rich in protein to help you recover quickly. Drinking plenty of fresh juices will help the body recuperate well and give you energy. Vitamin C supplements are beneficial. Avoid spicy foods and foods that need excessive chewing.
  • For relief after tooth extraction, keep the mouth clean and do not pick on the clot. Gently clean with a wet gauze that does not the harm the socket area.
  • Guava leaves are considered to have antiseptic properties and help in fighting infection after extraction. They are also good for tooth aches.  Boil 10 to 15 tender guava leaves in two to three glasses of water and allow it to cool. The warm tea can be used to gargle, which helps in relieving pain naturally.

The wound heals in about two hours after extraction, but it takes about six months for the soft tissue and bone to reconstruct in that area. It is important to take care and avoid infection that can lead to complications.

Braces are often used to rectify the teeth after a tooth extraction, and most often braces are painful in the beginning. Pain killers are administered to counter the pain, and you need to give time to adjust to the changes. Use of antibiotics and gels are helpful in relieving pain if you are required to wear braces. For healing, the above-mentioned natural remedies can be used. Eating soft foods help in adjusting to newly fixed braces. Mouth rinses are helpful in preventing infection.