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Sometimes the only viable treatment option for a severely distressed or decayed tooth is a total extraction. This last resort measure can help to gradually alleviate the pain and help treat any existing infection.

Following an extraction, a oral surgeons like Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If needed treatment, he might also include a course of prescription antibiotics.

These medications need to be taken at the prescribed times and proper dosages to help you remain comfortable while your gums and other affected tissues heal. At the same time you will need to also apply some basic home care methods.

Sometimes the sutures around the extraction site will bleed for a few days. Should this happen, you can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear the area by lightly rinsing with a little lukewarm saltwater.

Not chewing on the affected side of your mouth while the gums are healing can also help minimize discomfort and other complication. You should also avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

You should also keep in mind that tobacco use needs to be avoided while your gums healing. The heat, tar, and tobacco chemicals introduced to the mouth could increase recovery time and lead to a significant periodontal infection.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted by Oral Surgery of Tidewater in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and you have an aftercare question, you can always call (757) 544-9192 to speak to a staff specialist.