A dentist isn't quite a miracle worker, but some of how they can save severely damaged teeth can seem rather close to being miraculous. Still, even though it's a final remedy when no other method will have success, sometimes a tooth must be extracted. This isn't intended to leave you with a gap in your smile, and there are numerous options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. But what about when your body (and in particular, your jaw) doesn't respond all that well to dental extractions?
When a tooth is extracted, your dentist will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions. Remember that these are exact instructions, and are not loose guidelines. Your dentist wanted to ensure that you will avoid any post-extraction complications. That being said, you can expect some swelling, general discomfort, and for there to be some bleeding from the extraction site. These symptoms will fade in the coming days, provided you follow your dentist's instructions.
If these symptoms should intensify as opposed to subsiding, it can be a sign of a postoperative complication. It's not a common outcome, but some patients can experience a bone infection in their jaw after a tooth has been extracted. It's not something to be alarmed about, and it's simply a case of being aware of this possibility, allowing you and your dentist to take prompt (and essential) corrective action. What are the signs of a bone infection after a tooth has been extracted?
Signs of Infection
It can be concerning if the swelling at the extraction site doesn't decrease. It may in fact swell even further, accompanied by redness and a sense of warmth. It's likely to be uncomfortable too. You can also develop a fever and a sense of fatigue. Rather than hoping that your immune system will be able to overcome these symptoms, it's important to notify your dentist, so they can assess the extraction site.
Treating a Bone Infection
You must notify your dentist as soon as possible. If a bone infection is noted as early as possible, likely, you will only need a course of antibiotics. This will bolster your immune system, allowing you to defeat the infection without further intervention. If the infection goes untreated, your dentist may need to drain the infection site. In extreme cases, a postoperative bone infection can lead to the deterioration of your jaw, and this can only be rectified with bone grafting.
In short, when any swelling or discomfort doesn't make a quick exit after a tooth extraction, get in touch with your dentist.