By Susan Braden
Have you recently lost your tooth due to decay or infection? There is a way for you to save money with cheap dental treatment. The secret is to take care of your extraction site! There are numerous problems that could occur after tooth extractions. These problems can cost both your time and money. Here are a few simple ways to take care of your extraction area.
One of the most important things you can do after your tooth extraction is to keep the area clean! This will shorten the healing time of the extraction area. The easiest way to keep the area clean is to rinse your mouth with warm salted water. Use a half a teaspoon of salt per cup of water to create your rinse solution. Never use cheap, commercial mouthwash, because this will irritate the site of extraction.
Swelling is a common issue after tooth extractions. Usually, swelling of the extraction area should reach its peak from around 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. To bring down swelling, place a warm moist towel on the swollen area on and off for 20 minutes.
Occasionally, when a procedure is traumatic, small fragments of tooth or of bone may get lodged into the extraction site. If this occurs, your body will push the fragments to the surface of this area. Try to dislodge all the fragments you can, and call your cheap dentist if you can not dislodge them yourself.
Dry sockets happen when a blood clot does not form in the tooth’s socket or when the clot becomes dislodged from the extraction area. These are most common in women and patients over 30. Symptoms include pain from the mouth to the ear, bad taste and foul odor. Contact your dentist if you have these symptoms. Dentist usually treat dry sockets by dressing the site with medication until healing has occurred.
If a procedure is traumatic, dentist will use stitches on the extraction area. They use both resorbable and non-resorbable stitches. Resorbable stitches will dissolve over time. Non-resorbable stitches must be removed by your dentist. Make sure you find out which type of stitches you have.
Healing of the extraction area may vary but should be only a minor inconvenience to you in about one to two weeks after your procedure. All of the tips above should speed up the healing process. These tips can be used to save time and money, allowing you cheap dental bills.