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Advanced tooth decay, injuries and advanced gum disease has the potential to damage multiple teeth. In some cases it might require a partial or dentures in order to give you back the full function of your mouth. Your dentist or periodontist might recommend having these teeth extracted and some of the others around them extracted to allow for a better fit and function.

You will need to be on a soft foods diet for a week or more while the incisions heal. Planning and stocking up on soft foods you enjoy will help make the recovery period easier for you.

The extraction procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases the oral surgeon might recommend that you be sedated for your own comfort. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you and help you out at home for a few days while you get back on your feet.

It’s natural for the incisions to bleed a little for the first few days. Plan to keep some sterile gauze on hand so you can gently packing the area to help stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to help keep the area clean.

Staying hydrated is very important, so try to drink plenty of room temperature water and avoid drinking through a straw. Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and hot drinks.

Tobacco products irritate gum tissue, slow healing time and can even lead to infection. Talk to your physician in advance about the tobacco cessation program that is right for you.

If you have questions about how to prepare for an extraction please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.