Posted on: 5 October 2015Share
Your teenager is about to have their wisdom teeth removed and you want to make sure you're prepared. Your dentist will provide you with complete after-care instructions. However, since infections can occur, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of an impending infection. Here are four signs you should watch out for while your teenager is recovering from oral surgery.
The dentist has probably informed you that your teenager will experience some mild discomfort for several days after the procedure. In most cases, the dentist will prescribe some type of pain medication. Your child should start feeling better within the first week after surgery.
However, if the pain has not started to subside after a few days or your teenager complains that the pain is getting worse, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Increased pain could be a sign of infection inside the gums.
Swelling in the Face or Neck
After surgery, your child's mouth will be slightly swollen, especially around the area of the extractions. This is normal. You can relieve the swelling by applying ice packs to your child's face and having them rinse with salt water several times a day. If the swelling gets worse, or you notice that the swelling is spreading to the face and neck, you'll need to contact your dentist immediately. It's important to note that if the swelling causes difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should call for emergency medical assistance.
Sudden Onset of Bad Breath
If you notice that your child has developed an extreme case of bad breath – breath that smells like something is rotting – you should have them rinse their mouth with salt water. If the smell continues, you should notify the dentist. This is particularly true if the odor is getting worse or has been apparent for several days, or you notice pus oozing from the extraction site. Your child may have an infection that will need to be treated by the dentist.
Fever that Doesn't Respond to the Medication
If your child develops a fever shortly after surgery, take a look at the rest of the family. If no one else is sick, your child may be experiencing the early stages of an oral infection. Treat the fever with over-the-counter fever reducers and place cold compresses on your child's forehead. If the fever doesn't respond to the treatment, or it gets worse, contact the dentist as soon as possible.
If your child is about to have their wisdom teeth removed, it's important to be prepared for the recovery time. For more information, contact Macpherson Scott Dr or a similar dental professional.