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If you are being fitted for partial or a custom set of dentures, you might need to have multiple teeth extracted in advance. In most cases the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most people choose deep sedation for their own comfort. So, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you and help you at home until you get back on your feet.

It’s natural for the incisions to weep a little blood for the first few days after the extraction. When this happens you can lightly pack the area with a small amount of sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to wash away residual blood and sooth the gums.

While the tissues are healing you will need to stick to a soft foods diet with things like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. It’s important to stay hydrated, by drinking plenty of water. Just avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially harm the incisions.

You will need to avoid using tobacco for at least two weeks after the procedure. Nicotine, tar and tobacco chemicals irritate gum tissue, increasing healing time and inviting infection. It’s a good idea 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 270.282.0909 to schedule an appointment.