Bone Infection After a Tooth Extraction: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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The American Dental Association (ADA) states that tooth extraction may be necessary when a tooth becomes diseased, is damaged in an accident or causes excessive crowding in the patient's mouth. During the extraction process, a dentist removes the tooth from its bony socket in the upper or lower jaw, and the bone is left to heal.

While most extractions are safe and straightforward, in some cases, complications can arise, including a bone infection after a tooth extraction. Here's what to look for if you are concerned about complications developing after your tooth extraction. If you experience any severe symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Potential Complications Following Tooth Extraction

  • Dry Socket

    According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common complication following the removal of a tooth is dry socket. This can occur when the blood clot that fills the void left by the extracted tooth becomes dislodged. Since the clot acts like a bandage within the mouth during healing, its absence can expose the nerves that reside in the bone and cause discomfort. If you notice that the bone in the socket is visible or if you experience severe pain in the days following extraction, see your dental professional immediately
  • Infection in the Mouth

    Another potential complication following an extraction is the development of a dental infection. The Sepsis Alliance states that after any dental procedure, there's a chance of bacteria entering the body. Some key signs of an infection in the mouth include bad breath, sour or bitter taste in the mouth, fever, sensitivity to hot and cold and swelling or tenderness in the gums, neck or jaw.

By reporting any of these symptoms early, you can get prompt treatment and decrease the chances of further issues developing after your extraction.

Bone Infection After a Tooth Extraction

Though it's highly uncommon, it's possible to develop a bone infection after a tooth extraction. This condition is clinically called osteomyelitis, and although it is rare, it can be very serious. Osteomyelitis can occur in the mouth when the open wound created from an extraction becomes contaminated and the infection spreads to the underlying bone, explains Merck Manuals. The symptoms of osteomyelitis are similar to those of other dental infections, including:

  • Fever.
  • Swelling or tenderness in the affected area
  • Warmth or redness at the site

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Tips for Pain Management After TOOTH REMOVAL

Here are a few tips to help minimize your discomfort and speed recovery:

  • You can put ice packs on your face to reduce swelling. Alternate 20 minute on and 20 minutes off.

  • Eat soft and cool foods for a few days.

  • Starting 24 hours after surgery, swish with warm salt water. Use one-half teaspoon of salt in a cup of water.

  • You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was.