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How Do I Care for My Gums After Tooth Extractions?

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I had six teeth pulled from all over my mouth, two bottom left, one bottom right, one center top, one top left, one top right. On top of that I had a partial placed in on the top and bottom right after they pulled the teeth.

So my question is how do I talk with all this going on, much less eat. We have vacation to Disney of all places in like thirty days. My gums are killing me all the time. I had a really bad extraction up front that they had to sew shut. How do I take care of my gums so I can eat now and be healed enough to eat out with the family come vacation?

To top it off the partials don't completely fit, but I have been told to wear them all day except at night because I'm swollen so much they are afraid if I take them out they won't fit.

So all in all, teeth pulled everywhere, partials that don't completely fit, and I just don't know what to do. It's so strange having something in my mouth and I'm in pain and can't really eat because of the partials and sore gums. Everyone says eat on side where they didn't pull teeth, but I don't have a side like that all my sides are healing.

Any help is really appreciated at this point.

By Tabitha from Atlanta, GA

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By lynda [12]04/30/2010

You are INJURED. The best treatment for injured or sore gums is Hydrogen Peroxide, swishing every two hours when awake and to avoid chewing, eating sugar or sour things, or hot foods. Baby foods are truly delicious if you add salt, and butter, warming slightly. You can then swish for a LONG time, spitting and repeating, with tap water until it feels all of the food taste is gone, then swish with Hydrogen Peroxide again.

I have been doing this a LONG time to keep my bad teeth from hurting ever since an infection I almost could not survive, and still have no extra money to fix all the dental needs. It works so well that after I was well, I tossed the toothpastes and even brush with Hydrogen Peroxide. It's safe, kills germs, and the brushing longer keeps the teeth clean, breath fresh enough for anyone.

I also have given up most sweets and sugar, but the few sugary things I eat, I immediately rinse a long time, several times, then swish with Peroxide. It rids the mouth of harmful germs of all kinds. Don't swallow any of it, although a drop or so won't hurt you a bit.

God bless and help you. " - "

Best most healing food is the juice from cooked Turnip Greens, salted lightly, seasoned with soy bacon bits. It heals most anything that "ails" you. Follow directions on Tylenol, alternate with Motrin, and in between Hydrogen
Peroxide swishing, swish with cold salt water.

By tabitha [2]04/30/2010

Thanks everyone, but I already talked to my dentist she said the partials will fit once the swelling goes down, and that I have to see what food works for me just to stay soft till I heal.

They are closed till Monday. The only thing they said to do after was 24 hours to take plates out while I sleep and next day use salt water, no smokes or straws and soft foods that's it.

I'm finding they didn't do all that well of informing me on what was going to happen, and I didn't do so hot asking either.

Well till Monday I'm up the creek, they don't have after hours help number.

By susan winship [4]04/29/2010

Cindy S. gives good advice. I also have had real trouble getting used to partials after extraction. Forcing the partials onto swollen gums (by chewing) isn't a good idea. Figure out soft food that will give you the nutrients you need (and take a multi-vitamin if you don't already) so that you won't be hurting on your holiday. Fruit yoghurt is good, soups, mac & cheese. Actually, call your dentist and ask what foods they recommend until your gums heal. I lived on yoghurt and blended protein drinks for a couple of weeks before I was ready to try soft-ish foods. That way I didn't have to get over the pain that eating difficult foods gave. The best of luck to you. Just don't get run down before your trip because you might pick up a cold or something like that. Make sure you get your vitamins and proteins.

By Lilac [18]04/29/2010

I really feel like you need to talk to the one who did the extractions instead of strangers. Can't you call your dentist?

By Cindy [6]04/29/2010

I can relate. I only have 14 teeth left and just had a terrible extraction on April 4th. Keep wearing the partials because your gums needs time to toughen and then it will stop hurting. Brush carefully if possible. I dont know when you had this done but try not to suck through a straw because you DONT want a dry socket-that is horribly painful. Gum numbing gels for babies can help with the pain as well as 600mg of Ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. Keep an ice pack on the outside of your face-this helps more than ANYTHING if you ask me. BY three weeks after you procedure you should feel back to normal. Good Luck!

By OliveOyl04/29/2010

I'm sorry you are having so much difficulty, but you really need to contact the dental office that did this work. Didn't they instruct you on post procedure care? They can give your specific instructions and they should have you come in for periodical checks to see if the healing is progressing on schedule. I hope you feel better soon.

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