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Do You Know About Tooth Extraction Risks?

When you have a tooth extracted, it comes with possible post-surgical effects. These are known to be inflammation, bruising, bleeding, or infection. If you experience some pain, swelling, and bruising around the extracted tooth, that is to be expected for most patients and should subside. Most surgeons will prescribe anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications to help manage tooth extraction risks. At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we want to ensure you receive the best oral care and understand our process from beginning to end. We do not want our patients to be in any pain. Reach out to us today to discuss tooth extraction procedures. 

Tooth Extraction Risks 

  • Type of anesthetic – depending on the type of anesthetic used can cause damage to the patient’s mouth, nausea, and dizziness. 
  • Improper Teeth Alignment – Following a tooth extraction, it can cause your other teeth to shift. This leads to misalignment and changes to your overall bite. Over time, this can change the other healthy teeth in your mouth and cause further dental work in the future. 
  • Bite Collapse – when patients have had several back teeth removed. This is also known as a loss of vertical dimension of occlusion and involves rotation of the lower jaw closer to the upper jaw. 
  • Delayed Healing- some patients may be on other medications for other health reasons, which can delay the healing process for a tooth extraction. To avoid this, we recommend pausing your current medication before your extraction is done so you can heal properly and reduce the risk of complications. 
  • Osteoradionecrosis- The death of the bone characterizes this condition underneath the extracted tooth due to damage to the blood vessels that serve the bone as a result of radiation exposure. 
  • Dry socket (Osteitis)-When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot naturally forms over the area where the tooth previously sat. 
  • Nerve injury- the area may feel numb or tingly permanently. This is a rare complication but can affect some patients. 

With these tooth extraction risks, it is essential to be in touch with us at Rockwall Oral Surgery so we can help you through the healing process. 

Tooth Extraction Post Operative Care 

  • You may bleed for 8-12 hours following the extraction. If it continues, call our office immediately. Oozing of pink fluid for 1-2 days is normal. 
  • Discomfort is best managed with Tylenol, Aleve, or Advil. If you experience pain that lasts more than 2-3 days after your extraction, you can give our office a call to come in for a follow-up. 
  • Healing should be a smooth process. It is important not to disturb the extraction site. Eat soft foods and avoid rinsing for 24 hours after your extraction. 

Ensuring that you take good care of your mouth after tooth extraction can make all the difference for the overall health of your oral future! 

Extraction Procedure with Rockwall Oral Surgery 

If you are in pain and want to know more about our tooth extraction risks and processes, reach out today! You can call us at (469)757-4433 for your consultation! We can also reach us by message online.