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There are certain situations where a tooth has been so significantly traumatized by an untreated cavity or a dental fracture that Dr. Will Allen can’t save. In these rare situations he might advocate extracting the entire tooth to help ease the pain and prevent a serious infection from developing in the underlying periodontal tissues.

Afterward, you will need to adopt some simple practices to help prevent complications during the healing process.

When eating it’s best to chew on the other side of your mouth while your gums are healing. Proper hydration is also important. Just try to avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially pull blot clots loose from the extraction site.

If Dr. Will Allen provides you with a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication they will need to be taken at the appropriate times.

It’s important to keep in mind that even occasional tobacco use can significantly irritate your gums while they heal. It could increase your recovery time while also increasing your chances of suffering a serious infection in the incision site.

If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you might want to talk to your primary physician about a cessation program. Try to choose an option that doesn’t include nicotine gum or lozenges. They can also irritate your gums.

If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and you have a question about recovering from a tooth extraction, you can always call 502-587-7874 to consult with a staff member at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.