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Dealing with The Recovery Pain After a Tooth Extraction

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So, you have a bad toothache that has been bothering you for quite a while. But getting a tooth extraction from an experienced dentist should be immediate relief, right? Not so fast.

The moment the anesthetic wears off, your pain will be back. Children feel this type of pain more, since they have more active nerve endings in the mouth. However, even the best pediatric dentists from clinics like Des Moines Dental Group can’t help children with this natural pain.


Regular Toothache and Tooth Extraction Pain

The residual pain you feel is different from your original toothache, but it is still pain. It is a ‘ghost pain’ which feels like the removed tooth is still actively throbbing. Therefore, specialists from the Des Moines Dental Group suggest that you deal with any initial toothache medically. However,  if infected in any way, removing the tooth is the only option .

Adults with a high pain tolerance will usually shrug off the pain after extraction. However, children may not be so cool during this recovery phase. Pediatric dentists must be very careful about prescribing pain medications to children. However, these days, a few special painkillers are available for children.

After the tooth extraction, healing healthy gums normally takes up to 3 days. Although, you may find yourself asking these common questions:

1 – At what stage is the pain bothering you more than it should?

2 – What can you do to relieve that ‘ghost’ toothache after tooth extraction?


Pain Relief and Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Firstly, for any kind of tooth extraction, your dentist will use anesthesia. Though pediatric dentists avoid using anesthetic gas, they will use a local anesthesia injection. So, you probably won’t feel any pain for a couple of hours after the procedure.

A learned dentist will never attempt removing a tooth for just ordinary toothache. They will only suggest extraction if there is an infection in the tooth or gum tissue around the toothache. Hence, you will have to prepare for the natural healing pain.

However, as the anesthesia wears out, it makes way for a throbbing sensation we refer to as ‘tooth extraction pain’. This is normal during the recovery time, though it may be more nagging than a toothache. If your child is complaining about this, ice-cream is usually the best solution!

Most pediatric dentists ‘prescribe’ ice-cream after any kind of tooth extraction or dental surgery. As family dentists, the Des Moines Dental Group also use these simple tactics to keep children happy. Adults are usually happier when they get prescribed pain-killers.


At what stage is tooth extraction pain bothering you more than it should?

Your gums need time to heal properly, and you cannot rush this healing process. A slight pain or hyper-sensitivity isn’t any cause for alarm.

So, when is the pain not normal? Prolonged pain after tooth extraction lasting more than 3 days may indicate problems like a dry socket or infection. This could be a cause for concern.

Even a pediatric dentist will prescribe mild pain-killers after a tooth extraction. For adults, dentists from the Des Moines Dental Group usually prescribe paracetamol or ibuprofen. These aren’t too harsh on your system and relieve most toothaches. However, there are other stronger medicines depending on the degree of your pain. Although, you shouldn’t need painkillers for more than 3 days.

We all have varying pain tolerance, so listen to your body. Using pain relievers for toothache before the pain is unbearable may not be a good idea. Strong painkillers usually have some undesirable side effects. Your body has coping mechanisms, too. Let it function naturally to cope with the pain and use pain relievers only when you near your threshold.

tooth extraction pain can feel similar to a toothache


What can you do to relieve that ‘ghost’ toothache after tooth extraction?

After a tooth extraction, you will feel a ‘ghost’ pain. It will feel very similar to the toothache. However, that every time you try and reach the tooth, there will be an empty space. There are some ways to ease into recovery after your tooth extraction. An ice bag on the affected area can help reduce swelling if there is any. However, only apply this ice pack for about ten minutes at a time, or you’ll get a brain freeze. This is the same reason that pediatric dentists officially prescribe ice-cream to children.

After a tooth extraction refrain from strenuous activities that requires great physical effort. Lifting heavy objects will force blood into tissues still sensitive after the extraction. When rinsing after daily brushing, refrain from spitting forcefully. Doing so might dislodge the blood clot formed over the torn tissues and may lead to a dry socket. Give your body the necessary time to recover. Relax for the first 3 days following a tooth extraction to allow the healing process to complete.

After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a simple warm-water salt solution. Combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water and gargle or rinse. This helps with the healing and is also great relief during a toothache. Refrain from smoking, because it inhibits tissue healing. Have a relatively soft diet in those first 3 days. You don’t want to hurt the recovering gums with solid food.

A tooth extraction does not need to be a bad experience. Load up on these tips and more with your family and pediatric dentists at the Des Moines Dental Group.

For more expert teeth advice and tips on dental wellness, visit our website Des Moines Dental Group and book your first consultation with the best in Des Moines at 515-512-5339.

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