Tooth Extraction Faqs

Jan 01, 2019

Has your dentist recommended tooth extraction? Are you scared and anxious about it? You might be having so many questions regarding the procedure. Here is a small guide answering a few of the FAQs about tooth extraction:

What Happens to People Who Smoked, After Tooth Extraction?

Smoking after the extraction procedure can be a reason for different complications. The time after tooth removal is very delicate. A blood clot is formed in place of an empty socket, special cells playing an essential role in wound healing are generating and the process of bone creation is started. Smoking can damage this natural reaction.

Possible tooth extraction complications if you smoke are as follows:

  • High blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Slower healing process
  • Risk of getting an infection
  • Dry socket

Can Tooth Extraction Cause TMJ?

All common dental procedures place the jaw joint in a certain degree of hyper-extension (wide open) for periods of time. It’s the only way Dentists can treat decay, gum disease, and perform mouth surgery. So, many times tooth extraction does cause TMJ – temporomandibular/TMJ. In many cases, the ligaments heal and the TMJ goes back to “normal”. In some cases, the ligaments can’t repair and the disc continues to shift around; causing more ligament stretching and disc trauma.

Can Tooth Extraction Cause Fever?

Having a fever is always something to be concerned about after any surgery. But having a low-grade fever after surgery is also very common. Most of the time it’s due to something that is not very serious, but the problem lies in the fact that occasionally having a low-grade fever after surgery is an early sign of something serious like an infection. Having a low-grade fever after surgery is common as the process of healing a wound is very similar to the process of fighting an infection.

What Can I Eat or Drink After a Tooth Extraction?

After tooth extraction, it’s difficult to find foods that are filling and fulfilling while still being soft and easy to eat. You can eat:

  • Ice cream
  • Apple sauce
  • Cheese
  • Baked veggies
  • Milkshakes
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
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