If you have come to a point where you need to have all of your teeth extracted so you can get dentures, you might find yourself to be a little worried about not only the process but also the recovery period after all of your teeth are removed. To help you become a little more prepared, you will want to take time to review the following tips:
Go Grocery Shopping Before The Extraction
Once you are home from your full dental extraction, you might find that you are unable to imagine a time in which you will ever want to eat again. However, that feeling will subside, and you will eventually feel hungry. You cannot eat what others in your house are eating, so you will want to shop ahead of time. This way, everything is already there and you will not have to worry about venturing out to the store while you are in pain. Stock up on soups, gelatin, mashed potatoes, and other things that do not require chewing and that are easy to swallow.
Plan To Spend A Day Or Two In Bed
You might be fitted with temporary dentures that are placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth are extracted and the stitches are added. This can cause you to experience an extra amount of pain because of the pressure from the hard plastic that is in your mouth. Even without temporary dentures in place, you will be very sore, as a full dental extraction is a major shock to your body.
Have Pain Relievers Nearby
You will most likely be given a few prescription-strength pain relievers that you can take once you are home. However, you might not get a lot and may run out while you are still experiencing pain. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you have plenty of over-the-counter pain relievers on hand and that you are taking them as directed in order to stay out of pain as much as possible. You should find that the pain level you are experiencing is going to lessen as the week progresses. If it doesn't, or if the pain begins to get worse, you will want to go back to your dentist for an examination to make sure that everything is fine.
By making use of those tips, you should find that the recovery period after getting your teeth extracted will not be as bad as you may have once thought it to be. Talk to your dentist to learn more.