Injuries and advanced tooth decay can sometimes damage multiple teeth. Advance gum disease might compromise the integrity of several teeth which may require a partial or dentures in order to give you back the full function of your mouth. In these cases your dental professional will most likely suggest you have a multiple extraction procedure.
Be sure to tell the oral surgeon about any medications you are taking or any medical conditions that might impact the procedure or recovery.
In most cases the extraction procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases the oral surgeon might recommend that you be sedated for your own comfort. If so 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.
The incisions might weep a little blood for the first few days. Gently packing the area with a little sterile gauze will help stop the bleeding. Later you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water will help wash away residual blood and keep the incisions 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. You will need to stick to a soft foods diet until the incisions are completely healed.
Tobacco products irritate gum tissue, slow healing time and can even lead to infection. Consider finding a tobacco cessation program that doesn’t involve the use of nicotine gum or lozenges as these can also irritate gum tissue.
If you have questions about how to prepare for an extraction please feel free to call us at 402-317-5657 to schedule an appointment.