Making Sure You Don’t Get An Infection

Once a tooth has been extracted, it is very likely that a person who keeps bad oral hygiene can easily contact infection due to bacteria present in the mouth. Infections are one of the most common after effect of tooth extraction for those who don’t take proper care of their mouth and that’s because, after an extraction, patients are advised not to use mouthwash for at least 24 to 48 hours of the procedure. However, depending on how bad the tooth was before it was removed, your dentist may prescribe some antibiotics for you to take in other to reduce your risk of getting an infection. Whereas in some cases, even antibiotics might not be able to prevent you from contracting an infection.

However, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of dental infection so that you can properly treat and manage the situation.

Symptoms and Remedy before Extraction

If before you go to your dentist, you are experiencing swollen gums, itching in your tooth under light pressure, swollen face, or bleeding around the infected tooth. Then, you may already have an infection. So, if that be the case and you have a dental infection. Your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics for you to use along with the treatment of your tooth. The reason for the antibiotics is to treat the infection before the tooth is removed to avoid the infection spreading to another tooth.

Symptoms and Remedy after Extraction

Sometimes, people still develop an infection even after the decayed or damaged tooth have been successfully removed. The reason for this is bacteria.  Following an extraction, bacteria will be more alive in the mouth than ever before. With the extraction site being exposed, bacteria can easily get into the site. That and the fact you won’t be able to use mouth sanitizers for a while are what causes infection after an extraction. Not being able to sterilize your mouth means that you will be unable to kill the germs responsible for bacteria.

Signs and Remedy of Dental Infection

One of the first signs of dental infection after a damaged tooth is removed is renewed bleeding. This normally occurs around 48 hours after the extraction. Even though it normally isn’t severe, you should still call your dentist and make an appointment to be seen.  Your dentist will be able to stop the bleeding and give you some antibiotics and other prescriptions that will fix the problem.

However, some dentists still prefer to give their patients antibiotics before they perform any form of extraction. Even though the patient doesn’t have an abscessed tooth, they prefer to fight off the infection before they even develop. The reason for this action is because they know that local anesthesia won’t very well with infections present, and it may take them a lot of work and a lot of medicine to numb the area that you have the infection.

In the case of an emergency, where the tooth has to be removed quickly and the dentist cannot wait for a few days to kill the infection before the procedure. He can get you sedated. Though it will take quite a bit of medicine to numb the area, it can be done.  Also, in a situation whereby numbing the area doesn’t work, your dentist can decide to use an IV sedation or laughing gas. An IV sedation will normally put you to sleep or knock you out so that the dentist can remove the tooth that is causing you so much trouble.


Although infection can arise even after extraction, if your mouth is constantly clean due to good oral hygiene habit, then you may not necessarily take antibiotics for an infection after your extraction procedure. Also, rinsing your mouth with salt water for the first few days of the extraction will keep the site clean.  In the same vein, as long as you take care of the extraction site follow exactly the instructions from your dentist, you shouldn’t have any further problems with the extraction site or with infection.

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