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Multiple extractions, such as those performed before being fitted for custom dentures, often require oral surgery. The extraction procedure can usually be performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, the oral surgeon might recommend that you be sedated for your own comfort.

If you do choose sedation for your procedure, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you to and from the office. It’s also a good idea to have someone at home who can help you for a few days while you get back on your feet.

After multiple extractions, it’s not uncommon for it to take two or three days to get your strength back. Even once you are back on your feet, it’s a good idea to try to avoid anything strenuous for at least the next week.

The incisions might weep a little blood for the first few days as the tissues continue to knit back together. Sometimes it helps to place a little sterile gauze over the area to help absorb the blood. Gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water will help wash away residual blood and keep the incisions clean. Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as this can irritate the healing tissues.

Staying hydrated is very important, so try to drink plenty of room temperature water. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially dislodge the blood clot in the incision, which can increase recovery time and potentially invite infection. Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and hot drinks. You will need to stick to a soft-foods diet until the incisions are completely healed.

You should cease all tobacco use for at least two weeks after an extraction. Tobacco products irritate gum tissue, slow healing time and can even lead to infection. Try to talk to your doctor a few weeks in advance to find a tobacco cessation program that is right for you. Consider finding a program that doesn’t involve the use of nicotine gum or lozenges as these can also irritate gum tissue.

Your dentist or oral surgeon might prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain management during recovery.

If you think you might need a tooth extracted or if you have questions about how to prepare for an extraction, please feel free to call us at 614-875-7070 to schedule an appointment.