A toothache is often the result of untreated tooth decay that has penetrated the pulp and root of a tooth. If you are also experiencing a pain or pressure in the gums, it might mean a dangerous infection has formed in the socket. If this abscess is not treated or excised, it can eventually lead to severe complications.
In an extreme case, the decay and infection might cause so much damage that the tooth requires total extraction.
While your gums are healing, there are a few things to keep in mind. It’s best to stick to eating a soft-foods diet and avoid chewing in that area of your mouth. Foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce are good choices. While it’s important to stay hydrated, you should try to also avoid drinking hot or cold beverages. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blood clots loose from the incisions.
It’s natural for your gums to bleed a little for a day or two after the extraction. You can stop the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped, you can wash away any lingering blood with a gentle, lukewarm saltwater rinse.
Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone to developing an infection in the gums during recovery. If you do use tobacco products on a regular basis, this might be a good opportunity to also try a cessation program. Just try to choose one that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum. These can also irritate the gums.
If you are suffering from a toothache in Colorado Springs, Colorado, you should not delay in calling 719-591-0750 seek treatment at Pollary Family Dentistry from your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Pollary.