Posted .

Sometimes, one or more teeth need to be professionally extracted to prevent complications. This problem may stem from untreated tooth decay, a large dental abscess, emergency treatment for a dental trauma, or to prepare the gums for other dental work.

Once the tooth or teeth have been extracted, Dr. Kamy Noruzi will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If a dental abscess or other infection was present, the dentist may include a course of prescription antibiotics. It’s important to take prescription medications as directed by the dentist.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the affected gum tissues bleed for the first few days after the extraction. You can partially stop the flow of blood by lightly biting down on a folded piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear your mouth with by gently rinsing with lukewarm saltwater.

You should also avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until the tissues have fully healed. It’s also important to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction can loosen or rupture the blood clots in the socket.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Dr. Kamy Noruzi’s clinic in Geneva, Illinois, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 630-232-7400 to consult with a member of Fox River Periodontics, PC’s staff.