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Severe tooth decay and significant dental trauma can sometimes compromise a tooth so badly that it requires a total extraction. The treatment process is last resort to help reduce pain and prevent a potentially dangerous infection.

Once the root of the tooth has been excised your gums will be sutured. Dr. Frederick M. Saigh will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If the distress tooth was also associated with a periodontal infection or dental abscess he might also provide you with a prescription for antibiotics. These medications at the stated dosages and times.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the sutured gum tissues discharge a little fluid in the first few days after the extraction. When this happens, it can often be minimized by lightly biting down on a folded piece of sterile gauze. Once it stops you can clear your mouth with a gentle saltwater rinse.

It might also be helpful to not chew food on that side of your mouth until the gum tissues have fully healed. You will also need to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could pull a clot loose.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Dr. Frederick M. Saigh’s clinic in Iron River, Michigan, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 906-265-0050 to consult with a member of Saigh Family Dental.