What is a tooth extraction for gum disease?

Gum disease(periodontal disease) can lead to the loss of teeth. Untreated periodontal disease causes the destruction of bone around the teeth. When enough bone is lost, the tooth becomes loose. The gum around the tooth may also become infected. When the periodontal disease has progressed to this point, the recommended treatment is a tooth extraction. 

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What should I expect after having a tooth extraction for gum disease?
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