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Tooth extraction is often a last resort measure of treatment for a tooth that has been severely traumatized or compromised by untreated tooth decay. It typically involves excising the tooth’s root structure as well as any potential infected material, before the gums are sutured.

In a case this severe, Dr. Robert Stemme will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If there were infection concerns, such as a dental abscess that needed treatment, he might also include a course of prescription antibiotics. You will need to take these medications at the prescribed times and proper dosages to help you remain comfortable throughout the healing process while also helping to prevent an infection developing in your gums.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the sutures around the extraction site bleed for the first few days. If necessary, you can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can clear you might by lightly rinsing with a little lukewarm saltwater.

For the first few days, it might be helpful to avoid chewing 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 use and vaping should also be avoided while your gums heal. The heat, tar, and other chemicals introduced to the mouth could potentially cause infection in your gums.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted by St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s clinic in Chesterfield, Missouri, and you have an aftercare question, you can always call 314-434-0493 to speak to a member of our staff today!