Symptoms of Infections to Be Aware Of Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 10/30/2019 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
If you have a problem with your teeth, you may end up needed oral surgery. While oral surgery can help resolve many different problems, it is not always perfect.
The success of any surgical procedure relies as much as what happens during the surgery as what happens after the surgery. One thing everyone needs to know when they have oral surgery is the signs of an infection during the recovery. If there is an infection, the sooner you deal with it, the better the outcome.
Why is Infection a Risk?
The goal of oral surgery is to resolve any problems you have with your teeth. Those problems are often related to some type of infection. The surgery is supposed to get rid of the infection, but it does not always eliminate the risk of infection after the surgery.
Many people end up with an infection after having a tooth removed. The hole where the tooth was will fill with a blood clot. If the clot does not stay in place, a dry socket will form. This is a location where many infections can start. Other oral surgeries can also expose an area to bacteria that could cause an infection. Because you are often limited in the first days after oral surgery in how you can care for your teeth and gums, the bacteria can grow and that could lead to an infection.
Signs of Infection
The key to dealing with any infection after oral surgery is to get treatment as early as possible. The best way to do that is by knowing what to look for. Some of the signs of an infection include throbbing pain around the surgical site that will not go away or that pain medication cannot help. Some infections will cause a swelling and redness around the site. Another sign is a discharge of pus in the mouth. Like most infections, a fever is the body's response to the infection.
The signs can occur at the site of the oral surgery or they may show up in other areas of the mouth, teeth, gums or jaw. Anyone with a compromised immune system needs to seek help if they notice any of the signs. If the symptoms persist or get worse, you should seek out treatment.
Contact our office for an appointment to help with this or to improve your oral health.