A tooth extraction is an oftentimes necessary procedure for everyone, adults included. In fact, a study shows that 74 percent of adults have had at least a tooth extraction once in their adult lives.
Another 2016 survey of children aged 5 to 9 years old that were either admitted or has visited hospitals do so because of one reason, and that is to have a tooth or even teeth extracted.
There are 25,000 tooth extractions for hospitals alone, and not to mention the 179,000 teeth that were extracted from children in dental clinics. Clearly, tooth extraction is a very serious concern, especially if it has side effects.
What Are The Side Effects Of A Tooth Extraction?
The usual side effect is a short period of swelling and bouts of pain ranging from several hours to a few days. Some also experience a numb sensation or even feel that their mouth and jaw are tingling.
The teeth, and sometimes the gums, would also feel quite sore. In fact, due to the gap that remains, some of the teeth may feel loose, but that should subside and adjust itself naturally in a few days.
There is bad news for our friends who smoke though, since smoking within a few days after a tooth extraction can lead to serious infections. The early signs are actually pain, an unpleasant taste and bad breath, so if you are experiencing two or all of these symptoms please consult with your dentist.
A side-effect that most people do not know though actually relates to the jaw; a tooth extraction will make your jaws look sunken, making you look a bit older and making wrinkles more frequent.
That is why having a tooth extraction, especially for adults, is not always the best course of action. If you are planning a tooth extraction, please consult with us and let us help you make better informed decisions.
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