Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease
Tooth extraction can introduce harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. You may need to take Reference antibiotics Opens New Window before and after surgery if you have a condition that puts you at high risk for a severe infection or if infections are particularly dangerous for you. You may need to take antibiotics if you:
- Have certain heart problems that make it dangerous for you to get a heart infection called Reference endocarditis Opens New Window.
- Have an Reference impaired immune system Opens New Window.
- Had recent major surgeries or have man-made body parts, such as an artificial hip or heart valve.
After an extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. The clot protects the bone while the healing process takes place. If that blood clot is dislodged, you may have a dry socket, in which the bone is exposed. Dry sockets may last for several days and may cause severe pain that sometimes includes ear pain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 5, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry