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A tooth extraction is often the last course of treatment to prevent further complications. This is more common for treating a severely decayed tooth, a dental avulsion, or other forms of severe dental trauma. At the same time, tooth extractions are also called for in preparation for a partial or complete denture.

After removing the tooth or affected teeth Dr. Saad will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If there are any infection concerns in the surrounding periodontal tissues he might also include a course of prescription antibiotics. Taking these medications at the prescribed times will help you remain comfortable throughout the healing process and prevent infection.

There are also a few other aftercare measures to keep in mind to speed the healing of your gums and prevent complications from a periodontal infection.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the extraction site to bleeds for the first few days after the tooth has been removed. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a folded piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear your mouth with a light rinse with lukewarm saltwater.

It would also be helpful to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until your gum tissues have fully healed. Try to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Rhome Family Dentistry’s clinic in Rhome, Texas, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 817-636-0608 to speak to a member of Dr. Saad’s staff.