Know Signs of Tooth Infections after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

It is common to get wisdom teeth extracted however sometimes it can lead to infection. It is important to know about the infections that can follow a tooth extraction

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Other DiseasesWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Jul 12, 2011Updated at: Jun 11, 2019
Know Signs of Tooth Infections after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are usually any of the four third molars and appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth can give you a lot of pain if not in its proper position. They affect other teeth as they develop, becoming ‘impacted’ or coming in sideways. This causes pain and they need to be extracted. Sometimes cysts and tumours appear around the impaction site, especially in older patients and require surgical removal. Tooth extraction is a difficult process and can lead to several infections post-surgery.  It is important to know how tooth health can affect the overall health of an individual. Tooth health can be related to the following: 

  • Endocarditis can be a result of tooth health. The bacteria in gums can spread through the blood vessels to the other body parts
  • Heat health is also affected. Clogged arteries can be one of the resultants of poor tooth health. 
  • Low birth rate can be a reason of periodontitis 

At times, a wisdom tooth does not come out fully and a portion of the gum remains covering the top surface. Debris and bacteria enter in-between, causing infection, bad breath and redness, pain in the site, which in extreme cases can extend to the jaws and the back of the neck. Extraction becomes necessary to ease these symptoms. Wisdom teeth are extracted for two main reasons, either the teeth have already become impacted, or would result in problems that include food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind wisdom tooth where regular brushing or flossing are ineffective and lead to infections, which could be frequent and cause medical danger.

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Signs of tooth infections after wisdom teeth extraction are many and the person must follow the instructions of the dental surgeons closely. Some of these are recounted below:

  • Bleeding and oozing are expected, but one must not rinse the mouth, which would dislodge the blood clots that are forming. Gauze pads could be placed on the extraction site and bitten down firmly to stop the bleeding. Some doctors suggest that tannin contained in tea can help.
  • Dry socket is a condition that occurs when the blood clot at the extraction site fails to form. The extraction site becomes irritated and painful, which is made worse by food trapped in the area. The surgeon may have to clean the area under local anaesthetic and prescribe ibrufen to ease the pain.
  • Swelling should not be confused with dry socket and is a sign that the healing process has begun. Swelling should last for two to three weeks and subside on its own.
  • Nerve injury can occur if the drill being used by the surgeon, inadvertently hits a nerve causing pain and bleeding. This type of injury can be permanent and in rare cases the bleeding may feed into the nerve canal due to the pressure of the blood build up. 

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