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Severe dental trauma and untreated tooth decay can have a severe negative effect on the internal structures of a tooth, as well as the root that anchors it in the periodontal tissues. If the problem is severe Dr. Robert Stemme might not be able to treat it with endodontic therapy.

In a situation this dire, he might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth and its root to help ease your pain and prevent a dangerous infection from developing in your gums.

Once your periodontal tissues have been sutured Dr. Robert Stemme will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. This might also include a course of prescription antibiotics.

You will need to take these medications at the prescribed times to comfortable throughout the healing process while also helping to prevent an infection developing in your gums.

You can expect the sutures around the extraction site to bleed occasionally. 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.

If possible, try not to chew 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.

You should also note that the heat, tar, and other chemicals introduced to the mouth by smoking, or vaping can can cause infection in your gums.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted by Dr. Robert Stemme at his Chesterfield, Missouri, clinic and you have a recovery question, you can call 314-434-0493 to speak to a member of St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s staff.