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Gums black and sore where tooth was pulled

I went to the dentist yesterday with a complaint of pain/infection in the gums surrounding one of my teeth (2nd to the last tooth in the top, left side of my mouth).  The dentist took an x-ray and said the tooth was abcessed and the tooth needed to be pulled.  When she was pulling the tooth, I was in excrutiating pain, and she said there was a pus discharge and my gums were turning black and blue.

My questions are:
Should I have been given antibiotics first, and then come back in a few days to have the tooth pulled, after the initial infection that I complained about had been given time to clear up?

When I look at my gums in the mirror where the tooth was pulled, the socket/gum is totally black.  I have had teeth extracted previously, and my gums have always been pink afterwards.

My mouth is still very sore the day after the tooth was pulled.  I was given a pain killer and penicillin prescriptions.
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I don't think it was necessary to give you antibiotics before the extraction. I am not sure what the color is but I am likely to think it is the clot. If it was a difficult extraction I would think that you will be in some discomfort for the next few days.
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Avatar_n_tn
well...i guess its becoz of the tooth pulling out

you shd take care and try to rinse with salt water every day that might give you some relief from pain

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i recently had my last (thank god!) wisdom tooth and the molar in front of it extracted and the tooth directly in front of those got REALLY infected when i went back to the dentist to have it root canaled and capped.  My dentist wouldn't even CONSIDER doing anything to it until he gave me another dose of antibiotics!  i cant believe you were able to handle the pain of the removal when i know from experience 2 weeks ago that when a tooth is that infected and infected into the gums novacaine DOESNT work!  and you could have swallowed the infection which would cause any number of other health problems!  what was the dentist thinking????!!  

i agree, rinse with salt water and lysterine (for the infection) and if it doesnt clear up i would definately either see the dentist again or see your doctor.  
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The gum bed where the tooth was removed from is black because of old dried blood.  Antibiotics aren't always given prophylactically and more recently are given less as a prophylactic however since you had an exsting infection your dentist must not have thought it would require antibiotic cover.  Pain and discomfort unfortunately are features of oral procedures.  Pain is totally normal :) Make sure you keep up your analgesics.  Controlling the pain means you will get better sooner
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