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Long-term problems with gum disease, tooth decay or other oral health complications can severely compromise the full function of your mouth. Beyond simply impairing your ability to adequately chew food, it can impact your speech and leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile.

In a situation like this, Covington Dental Partners’s dentists might recommend restoring the full function and appearance of your mouth by being fitted for a custom pair of dentures. It might be the case that you only need to have your upper or lower teeth replaced. However, most people need to have both sets addressed. Of course, to do this, any other remaining teeth will also need to be extracted to allow the new dentures to fit securely to your gums.

Our dentists offer a few basic preparation and aftercare tips to help speed your recovery after multiple tooth extractions.

–If you choose to be fully sedated for the extraction procedure, you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward.

–If you use tobacco it will significantly increase recovery time and chances of developing an infection. It’s wise to talk to your physician in advance about a tobacco cessation program. If possible, try to choose a program that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum as they can also irritate healing gum tissue.

–While your gums are healing you will need to eat a soft foods diet.

–Staying properly hydrated is also important. Drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. The suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose from the incisions.

–It’s natural for the incision sites to bleed for a few days after surgery. You can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to remove blood clots and soothe the gums.

If you have additional questions about how to prepare for having multiple teeth extracted, you can always call Covington Dental Partners’s office in Covington, Georgia at 770-786-9339 for further advice. Our goal is to help you maintain a healthy, confident smile!