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Untreated tooth decay can hinder more than the function of the tooth. In time, it could cause discomfort and it could even lead to a dental abscess forming in the gum tissues surrounding the socket. Sometimes Dr. Todd A. Williams can treat a small abscess with a course of antibiotics.

Unfortunately, a large abscess, or one that has compromised the viability of the tooth, might require an oral surgical extraction. This typically involves extracting the severely decayed tooth in the process. Once all infected tissues have been removed, they will suture your gums.

Dr. Todd A. Williams might also prescribe a course of antibiotics to treat any lingering infection in your blood stream. This will likely include a prescription or pain medication to help manage your comfort during the recovery process.

You shouldn’t be surprised if the incision site weeps a little blood for a few days after the extraction. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.

As your gums continue to heal, it’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. You also shouldn’t drink through a straw as the suction could affect the incision or pull a blood clot loose. It’s also important to note that even occasional tobacco use can irritate healing gum tissues and increase your risk of infection

Once your gums have completely healed, Dr. Todd A. Williams can help you understand your dental restoration options for replacing the tooth.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are suffering with a toothache or severely decayed tooth, you should not delay in calling 214-691-0101 to have it treated at Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery.