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A tooth that has been significantly affected by severe dental trauma or an untreated cavity might be too badly compromised for conventional treatment. In a case this severe, our dentist might recommend extracting whatever remains of the tooth from the periodontal socket to help minimize discomfort and further complications.

After the extraction, your gums will be sutured and Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If there was also a dental abscess or other infected tissues in the area he might also provide you with a prescription for antibiotics. You will need to take these medications as directed for maximum effect.

The sutured gums might bleed a little in the first few days after the procedure. If this happens, you can lightly biting down on a folded piece of sterile gauze for a few minutes. Once the bleeding stops you can clear your mouth with a gentle saltwater rinse.

If possible, you should try not to chew food on that side of your mouth until the gums have fully healed. It’s best to not drink through a straw, as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Dentists at Memorial Park’s office in Houston, Texas, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 713-861-8323 to consult with a member of our team.