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When two or more teeth have been severely compromised by dental trauma or untreated cavities, the only viable treatment might be to extract whatever remains of their roots. A treatment plan like this might also be associated with a severe toothache that leads to the development of a large dental abscess.

Once all remnants of the affected teeth have been removed our dentist will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If there are any infection concerns lingering from a dental abscess Dr. Preston Hansen might also include a prescription for antibiotics. These medications will need to be taken as directed for maximum effect.

While your gums and any other affected oral tissues heal you will need to also apply some basic measures to reduce your chances of suffering unnecessary complications.

For the first few days after the extraction, the sutures might occasionally bleed. When this happens you can lightly bite down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear you might by lightly rinsing with a little lukewarm saltwater.

If possible, you should try not chew food that side of your mouth. You also need to avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction could irritate the healing oral tissues or pull a blood clot loose.

It’s best to abstain from tobacco use while your gums are healing. The heat and chemicals introduced into your mouth could increase recovery time and could lead to a latent infection.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Identity Oral Surgery’s clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, and you have recovery and aftercare questions, you can always call 801-251-7167 to speak to a member of our staff.