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Severe tooth decay and advanced gum disease can sometimes compromise multiple teeth. Sometimes these teeth simply cannot be repaired or restored and they will need to be extracted before your dentist can fit you for a partial, dentures or receive a dental implant. Thoughtful preparation before the extraction procedure will go a long way towards speeding the recovery process.

Be sure to let the dentist or oral surgeon know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking. In most cases they will suggest deep sedation for the procedure to insure your comfort. So you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you.

During the recovery process you will need to be on a soft foods diet. Shopping in advance on soft foods you enjoy will help you maintain a healthy caloric intake to keep your body strong during recovery.

It’s not uncommon or the incisions to bleed a little for a day or two after the procedure. Keep some gauze on hand to lightly pack the area. After the bleeding stops you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to help keep the area clean and soothe the gums.

Tobacco use slows healing time and can even lead to infection. If you use tobacco on a regular basis you should talk to your physician in advance about the tobacco cessation program that’s right for you.

Try to drink plenty of fluids but avoid drinking through a straw. Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and hot drinks.

If you have questions about how to prepare for an extraction please call us at 270.282.0909 to schedule an appointment.