I got 3 teeth pulled Monday that are in horrible shape. I’m going to get dental implants at some point. It’s been 2 days, and my gums are very swollen. My left cheek is swollen too. I wasn’t expecting this much swelling. I’m worried about getting an infection and not being able to get dental implants. Should I call my dentist about this or just give it more time? Ashlyn
Tooth Extraction Before Getting Dental Implants
Ashlyn – Swelling after an extraction is normal; it’s part of the healing process. It’s the result of white blood cells and fluid moving to the area of extraction to start the healing process. After an extraction, your gums, and the area around your mouth and cheek can swell.
Swelling is usually at its peak two days after the extraction, and it should decrease within a week. This should not interfere with your ability to get dental implants. Your implant dentist will ensure the extraction site has sufficient bone density and is clear of infection before implants are placed.
While you’re healing from the extractions, your jaw may also get stiff. You will feel some pain that, like the swelling may peak in two days, but gradually decrease within a week or so. The extractions were completed two days ago, so the symptoms should gradually improve over the next few days.
While the extraction sites are healing, there are some things you keep in mind:
- Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth
- Drink plenty of water, but don’t suck through a straw.
- Avoid vigorously rinsing your mouth and excessive spitting.
These activities can cause the clot to dislodge, and the site may bleed. You can apply ice packs to your jaw to control the swelling. After a few days, if the swelling or the pain gets worse, or the site bleeds excessively, call your dentist’s office.
Don’t delay getting dental implants
Also, you didn’t mention if you have implant surgery scheduled, but try not to prolong it. Jawbone shrinks in the location where teeth are missing. If you lack bone density, bone grafting will be required to ensure the implants are well supported. This will involve more time and money.
This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.