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Sometimes a tooth can be too badly compromised by untreated tooth decay or a severe dental trauma for Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue to treat it with endodontic therapy. In these extreme cases, the only option for preventing further pain and infection is for him to extract the tooth.

Of course, there are other things you can do to help maintain prevent further complications and reduce your chances of suffering a secondary infection in the incision site.

It’s best to avoid chewing food in that area of your mouth. If the extracted tooth was near the rear of your mouth, you might want to also stick to eating soft foods, as this will minimize the strain on your jaw muscles. It’s also best to avoid drinking liquids through a straw as it could affect the sutures at the extraction site.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if your gums bleed occasionally for a few days. When this happens you can minimize the bleeding by biting down lightly on some sterile gauze. Once it has stopped you can gently clean the area with a little lukewarm saltwater rinse.   

Once your gums have fully healed Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue can help you understand your dental restoration options. This might include installing a dental bridge or a dental implant restoration with a dental crown.

If you are in the The Woodlands, Texas, area and you have a badly compromised tooth, you should call 936-271-3338 to seek treatment from the dental specialists at North Forest Family Dental Care.