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Having one or more teeth extracted might be a necessary part of many different treatments. Untreated cavities, severe dental trauma, dental abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth and complications from chronic periodontal disease might all prompt Dr. Daniel Cannon to recommend an extraction.

After your gums have been sutured he will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication. If warranted this might also include a course of prescription antibiotics. Taking these medications at the prescribed times will help you remain comfortable throughout the healing process and prevent infection.

There are also a few things to keep in mind to help reduce your chances of infection in the healing periodontal tissues and speed your recovery.

It’s perfectly natural for the extraction site to bleed for the first few days. You can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can clear you might by lightly rinsing with lukewarm saltwater.

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

If you use tobacco, it’s best to cut back or fully embrace cessation while your gums are healing. The heat, tar, and other chemicals introduced into the mouth can cause infection. It’s also worth noting that the suction from smoking or vaping can potentially loosen a blood clot from an extraction site.

If you have recently had a tooth extracted at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and you have a recovery question, you can always call 918.743.1351 to speak with one of our staff specialists.