This is what to do after an emergency extraction
If you are having a tooth pulled, you are likely a little worried and apprehensive. This is totally normal as teeth are a very sensitive subject for many people No one likes to have tooth pain of anything wrong with their teeth but, unfortunately at some point in our lives we have to have a tooth pulled. For many dentists, their ultimate goal in the office is to save as many teeth as they can, but the reality is, sometimes they need to be removed. You may need to get an emergency extraction for many reasons such as for braces, decayed or broken teeth or perhaps you have extra teeth.
When you have a tooth pulled, you generally should not have a lot of swelling and the pain should not be excruciating. The mouth generally heals very quickly but where there could be a problem is if you get something called a dry socket. A dry socket can develop after a tooth is pulled when a blood clot dislodges. How this happens is that when a tooth is pulled, it leaves a hole in the mouth. This hole then fills up with blood and clots, allowing the gum to grow back over the hole. If the blood clot dislodges somehow, however, you can get what is called a dry socket and dry sockets can be very painful.
Blood clots can be dislodged from the socket by applying negative pressure. Things that may cause negative pressure are sucking through a straw, smoking or even something as simple as trying to create a loogie in your mouth. Your dentist will remind you not to drink through a straw, smoke or hock a loogie, among other things, after your extraction so that you can reduce your chances of getting a dry socket.
Another thing to know after getting dental extractions is that you will be oozing blood. This can seem a bit scary but the reality is, you will not actually be losing very much blood. Because the wound is in your mouth, however, it will automatically mixed with spit and a little bit of blood plus a lot of spit can easily look like way more blood than it really is, so it is important to remember this so as not to worry yourself.
Another thing you can do is for the first 24 hours, you can use an ice pack near the site on the outside of your cheek to decrease swelling, but after the 24 hours are up, you should actually switch to a hot compress instead of a cold one. This is because the hot compress will actually encourage blood flow to the extraction site which will help it to heal faster.
Finally, its a good idea to put a trash bag over the pillow you sleep with at night and then put a pillow case or towel over the pillow. This is because if you happen to drool a little bit in your sleep, the little bit of oozing blood can easily stain your pillow. This trick with the trash bag will prevent that from happening.
Now that you have learned all the things to expect following an extraction, you will be ready for your emergency dentist appointment.