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It’s not uncommon for someone being fitted for a partial or a custom set of dentures to need to have multiple teeth extracted. While the teeth might still be someone sound in the mouth, they are simply in the way of more effective oral appliances.

The extraction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and often requires deep sedation. This means you will need to for a friend of family member to drive you and help you at home while you get back on your feet.

After the extraction procedure it’s not uncommon for the incisions to weep a little blood for the first few days. You can lightly pack the area with a little sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to wash away residual blood and sooth the gums Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as this can irritate the healing tissues.

It is important, to stay hydrated, so try to drink plenty of water. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially dislodge a blood clot the incision which can increase recovery time and potentially invite infection.

You should avoid 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.

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

If you think you might need a tooth extracted or have questions about how to prepare for an extraction please feel free to call us at 314-351-6554 to schedule an appointment.