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Tooth extraction is typically an unfortunate last resort form of treatment to address a tooth that has been severely traumatized or compromised by untreated tooth decay. Removing all traces of the original root will help to gradually alleviate existing pain and prevent a worsening infection.

Once your gums have been sutured, you will need to take care to prevent complications and infection during the recovery process.

Dr. Pedro Franco, Dr. Howard Price, or Dr. Drew Havard and their staff will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If there are any infection concerns we might include course of prescription antibiotics. Taking these medications at the prescribed times will help you remain comfortable throughout the healing process and prevent infection. Our medications are also opioid-free, so you can feel safe using any of our prescribed medications.

During the first few days after the extraction, the local gum tissues might start to bleed. When this happens you can try lightly biting down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear you might by lightly rinsing with lukewarm salt water.

While your gums continue to heal, it’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until your gum tissues have fully healed. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

Tobacco users should consider cutting back or fully embracing cessation during the recovery process. The heat, tar, and other chemicals introduced to the mouth can cause infection. It’s also worth noting that the suction from smoking or vaping could loosen a blood clot from an extraction site.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Irving, Mesquite, and Ennis, TX, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 972-594-7414 to speak with one of our staff specialists.