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Sometimes a tooth suffering from an untreated cavity or another severe dental condition is too compromised for Dr. Todd A. Williams to restore it with a root canal. In a rare case like this they might advocate extracting the remnants of the tooth to treat the pain and prevent further infection.

After your gums have been sutured, Dr. Todd A. Williams will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If they has any concerns about a lingering infection Dr. Todd A. Williams might also prescribe a course of antibiotics. Taking these medications at the prescribed times will help you remain comfortable throughout the healing process and prevent infection.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the extraction site occasionally bleeds for a few days. A little blood is natural and you should not be alarmed. 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 lukewarm saltwater.

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.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are suffering from a distressed tooth, you should call 214-691-0101 to have it professionally treated at Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery.