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Over time chronic and advanced periodontal disease, and severe tooth decay can seriously compromise your mouth. Teeth can be lost or the bone structure anchoring them in place can be weakened making your teeth less them less effective at chewing food. All of this can have a serious negative impact on your quality of life.

In a situation like this, Dr. Kevin Torbenson, & Drew Neumann might recommend you have some or all of your remaining teeth extracted to be fit for a set of dentures. It might be the case that you only need to have dentures to replace your upper or lower teeth, or you might need to have both sets addressed.

There are a few basic tips that can help speed your recover after multiple tooth extractions.

If Dr. Kevin Torbenson, & Drew Neumann recommends that you be deeply sedated for the procedure, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward.

Tobacco use irritates healing gum tissues, which increases recovery time and increases your chances of infection. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis you might want to talk to your primary physician in advance about a tobacco cessation program. If possible, choose a program that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum as they can also irritate healing gum tissue.

As your gums heal they will be a little bit tender. During this time, you will need to stick to a soft foods diet. This involves foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. You will also need to stay properly hydrated. Drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw, as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose from incision sites.

It’s natural for a little blood to weeps from the incisions 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 multiple tooth extractions, please call Dr. Kevin Torbenson, & Drew Neumann at 507-345-1284 to schedule an appointment.