After the extraction of the wisdom tooth, there is always pain that accompanies it a few hours later because the sedative used to numb the tissues will no longer be working. This pain is always hard to cope with especially if one doesn’t have any idea how to go about it. When the socket is well taken care of, the pain can be reduced to no pain at all but the careless way one takes care of his/her own body will define the type and kind of pain that will come your way. There are a lot of things that should be put into practice immediately after the extraction to avoid being hurt or being in pain.
After the extraction one should concentrate on stopping the bleeding and this can be done by placing a piece of clean and moist cloth over an empty tooth socket and bite it firmly. Many people prefer the use of a moistened tea bag because it has tannic acid which helps in blood clotting process. If the blood doesn’t stop, repeat the same process and if heavy bleeding continues still after doing the above, contact your dentist or surgeon for more help.
If you are determined to reduce the pain by all means, you should follow the dentists’ advice on what you should and should not do. For example, you should not spit nor rinse the mouth, avoid sucking or the use of the straw by all means and the last one is to avoid hot liquids as this might trigger the bleeding again by removing the clot. Use a piece of ice wrapped in a cloth to prevent facial swelling. The use of antibiotics is also recommended especially if the pain persists and don’t chew the food from the side of extraction.
There are home methods used to reduce the pain aside from following the prescriptions. You should use the ice pack to apply on the outside of the cheek for 20 minutes then after 20 minutes it should be removed. Repeat this process until the pain subsides. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water for every 2-3 hours in a day this will help in numbing the tissues as well as treating the socket where the tooth was extracted.
There are over the counter medicines that are used in relieving the pain. If the above has not succeeded in reducing the pain, there are different kinds of painkillers recommended for one’s use. One can also use antibiotics as long as they prove helpful. Panadol is the most common drug recommended for use to reduce jaw and face pain. Panadol is the most known as a pain reliever in most countries and it has no side effects if taken in the right dosage.
Aspirin is another drug used to reduce the pain. The right people to use aspirin are those above the age of 20 years. Aspirin should not be put directly to the gums as it can damage the gums. The right procedure is swallowing.