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While it’s unfortunate, there are times when a tooth might be so badly decayed or damaged that Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner simply cannot save it with a root canal. In these extreme cases, your dentist might need to completely extract the tooth to prevent infection, pain or other complications. Once your gums have been sutured, quality aftercare will be the key to having a speedy recovery.

It’s natural for there to be a little blood weeping from the sutured gums. You can control the bleeding by biting down lightly on a rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can lightly rinse away any blood from your mouth with lukewarm salt water.

It’s best to try to avoid eating hard foods on that side of your mouth. Accidentally chewing food with the healing gums could open the sutures. At the same time, you should avoid drinking beverages with a straw. The increased suction could accidentally pull blood clots loose or cause a dry socket to form.

Tobacco use is especially troublesome for healing gums. Tar, nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco irritate gum tissues. This increases recovery time and greatly increases your chances of developing an infection.

If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted in Burlington, Connecticut, and you have recovery questions, you can always call Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC at 860-673-7155 to ask an aftercare question.