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While it’s rare and unfortunate, there are times when a tooth has been so badly compromised by a cavity or dental trauma that it can’t be saved by a root canal. In a situation like this, Dr. Will Allen might recommend a total dental extraction. This will remove all remnants of the tooth to prevent further complications.

After your gums have been sutured, Dr. Will Allen will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If he has any concerns about a lingering infection or a dental abscess, he might also prescribe a course of antibiotics. You will need to take these medications at the indicated times to ensure their intended effect.

The incision site might bleed for the first few days. A little blood is natural and you should not be alarmed. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.

It’s best to avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until the tissues have knit together. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as the suction can pull blood clots loose.

If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and you have a tooth in severe distress, you should call 502-587-7874 to have it professionally treated at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.