Simple Tips to Help Recover After a Tooth Extraction

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Sometimes the only way to treat a badly decayed or traumatized tooth is to have our dentist, Dr. Ellis K. List extract it. This will also remove all remnants of the roots from the gums, alleviate pain, and prevent a potential infection.

After your extraction, the dentist mayl likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If a dental abscess or some other form of periodontal infection was present he might also give you a prescription for antibiotics. You should take all medications as directed
It’s natural for the treated gum tissues to bleed after an extraction. When this happens you might be able to control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a folded piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear your mouth with a gentle saltwater rinse. It’s best to abstain from chewing food on that side of your mouth until the gum tissues have fully healed. It’s also important to avoid smoking and drinking through a straw as the suction could pull a blood clot loose.

If you a troublesome tooth, or have recently had a tooth extracted at Ellis K. List, DDS, PA in Durham, North Carolina, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 919-682-5327 to consult with a member of Ellis K. List, DDS, PA.