Dental Health
September 8, 2015
What complications can there be after tooth extraction if instructions are not followed?


Bleeding After Tooth Extraction: If one follows the instructions of the dentist after tooth extraction to take rest and to keep the gauze piece for 1/2 to 1 hour after extraction, then the problem of bleeding is not there. The patients who are taking anticoagulants like Heparin or Coumadin, or the patients who have bleeding disorders like hemophilia should give the history to the dentist. The patients who are taking aspirin or non-steroidal analgesics have increased bleeding time.{{more}}

Infection after Tooth Extraction:

Infection is the most common complication after tooth extraction. Our mouth is full of bacteria. One cannot sterilize it. The dentist decides whether to give antibiotics after the tooth extraction or not. Normally, for simple tooth extractions, antibiotics are not required, but if patient has pain and swelling or pus, then it is better to go for preventive antibiotics. Bleeding continuing after 48 hours after tooth extraction, acute pain and swelling are very common signs of infection and the patient must visit the dentist in such circumstances to avoid further complications after tooth extraction.

Dry Socket:

It is the most dreaded and painful condition which can happen after tooth extraction. For a day or two after dental extraction, the patient is fine, and then he has acute pain and becomes very restless. The patient complains of a bad taste in the mouth. It is more common after the dental extraction of lower teeth than the upper teeth. It can happen even after the simplest tooth extraction.


Facial swelling is the enlargement of a face that may be due to dental infections or can be after tooth extraction. In medical terminology, facial swelling is termed as facial edema. Facial swelling can occur in eyes, lips, cheeks, nose and jaw. Any facial swelling accompanied by dyspnea, distress, fever, redness and irritation should be immediately reported to the dentist.

Causes of Facial Swelling

Cause of facial swelling can be tooth infection, trauma, allergies or sinus infection. The major causes of facial edema or facial swelling are:

1. Infections

2. Allergic reactions

3. Trauma to the face

4. Other causes

Infections causing facial swelling

1. Various infections causing facial swelling are bacterial or viral infections. The major organs affected are the eyes.

2. Other infections that cause swelling in the eyes are orbital cellulites and stye. Stye affects the oil glands of the eyes.

3. Mumps can also bring about facial swelling.

4. Dental abscess

Dr Keith John

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