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Multiple extractions, such as those performed before getting a partial or complete denture, will often require surgical extraction. This is even more likely if advanced periodontal disease is the root cause that is requiring the extractions. Multiple extraction procedures are usually an outpatient procedure. They generally take longer than single extractions and they require sedation to help you be more comfortable.

It might take you two or three days to get completely back on your feet after multiple surgical extractions. You can then resume normal activities but try to avoid anything strenuous for at least a week.

It’s natural for the incisions to weep a little blood for the first few days. Sometimes it helps to place a little sterile gauze over the area to help absorb the blood.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and hot drinks. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as the suction could potentially dislodge a blood clot from a healing incision. You will need to stick to a soft-food diet.

You should cease all tobacco use for at least two weeks after an extraction. Tobacco products irritate the gum tissue. This increases healing time and can potentially lead to infection.

If you are a heavy tobacco user, you might want to talk to your doctor about a tobacco cessation program a few weeks before the extraction procedure. Try to choose a tobacco cessation program that doesn’t involve the use of nicotine gum or lozenges. These can also irritate gum tissue.

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

If you think you might need a tooth extracted or if you have questions about how to prepare for an extraction, please feel free to call us at 513.229.7801 to schedule an appointment.