Tooth extraction is the last recourse a dentist does. They do their best to save a tooth by filling the cavity, doing a root canal on the affected area. Dentists understand the need for emergency tooth extraction arise typically from injury, accident, and pain that becomes unbearable.

Aftercare must not be taken for granted. Who needs an emergency tooth extraction and what you should do after extraction?

Who Needs Emergency Tooth Extraction?

Tolerance to pain differs among individuals. An intolerable pain to one is not to another person. If you feel the pain is unbearable call your dentist and request for an emergency appointment. Here are other reasons for emergency tooth extraction:



It happens when there is tooth decay and when progressive work goes to the center of the pulp, pain becomes unbearable. Most often pus develops, and face swells. Dentists give you quick relief first and antibiotics before extracting the tooth.


Dental injuries due to accidents like a fall or sports related injury can cause chipping or tooth breakage. When there is severe crack, the tooth can’t be saved with a root canal and needs emergency extraction.


Typically this happens to adults who grows wisdom teeth. The tendency for wisdom teeth is to become impacted. Complications include pain and damage to other teeth. Tooth extraction is the only remedy.

Tooth Extraction After Care

Your dentist will give you basic aftercare instructions after extraction including:

Don’t Do Anything Extreme

Avoid activities which might traumatize the extracted area. Shift chewing to the other side of the mouth for a few days. After extraction, be on a soft diet to protect the extracted area from trauma.

Be Careful On Your Hygienic Practices

Don’t be too aggressive with your brushing and flossing. Avoid the extracted area for at least 3 days.

Keep the Extracted Site Clean By Rinsing It

You can use saline solution (1/2 teaspoon salt added to one cup warm water) for rinsing.

Allow Irrigation If Necessary

In cases where the post surgical wound is large, extraction site irrigation is required. This aids in flushing away debris which may interfere with healing and cause of infection. You need to visit your dentist for instructions. Also, remember to keep your teeth healthy from now on.

Tooth Pulling Complications

There are dental pulling complications which are manageable. If otherwise go immediately to your dentist.

Prolonged Bleeding

In a 24 hour period, you will experience minor bleeding. If you notice the amount of blood oozing from the extraction site is abnormal.

Swelling and Bruising

Trauma after operation may cause swelling and bruising.

Dry Sockets

Pain starts typically three to five days after extraction. In general lower teeth are prone to dry sockets than upper teeth. This happens to lower wisdom tooth extraction often.


Tooth extraction infection typically is painful within one to two days. There is swelling and redness in the gums. Those prone to infection are those who had tooth infection before extraction. Smokers are in danger of infection as well.


Often emergency tooth extractions are unavoidable especially in cases of injury and accident. To avoid tooth extraction complications, never ignore dental extraction aftercare.

Also, never ever neglect your oral health because it has an effect on your overall wellness.