Multiple Tooth Extraction
Your teeth perform some different functions. To keep them strong and healthy, it is important that you take good care of them. This care involves daily brushing and flossing, along with biannual dental cleanings and exams.
While good oral hygiene helps to significantly reduce your risk of facing serious oral health issues, accidents can still happen. Teeth can be damaged in some different ways. When damage does occur, the best outcome is to restore the teeth and keep them in your mouth.
However, if the damage is too severe, these teeth may be unsalvageable. In these situations, the best solution is to extract the damaged teeth and replace them. Pacific Ave. Dental can help.
Do I Need Tooth Extractions?
If you have experienced tooth damage, the ideal treatment would be to restore them while allowing them to remain in their natural positions. However, this is not always possible. There are several situations in which you may require a multiple tooth extraction.
||Facial trauma. Facial trauma, which can result from falls, sports injuries, car accidents and more, often causes damage. Fractures that occur in the crown that extends below the gum line, or fractures that occur completely below the gum line, cannot be saved with crowns. Crowns only protect the visible portions of your teeth. Also, if the teeth are shattered, they may not be strong enough to support a crown.
||Severe tooth decay. Tooth decay causes cavities. Small cavities can often be restored with fillings. Some larger cavities may be able to be restored with a crown. However, if the decay is too severe, a tooth filling puts the tooth at risk for shattering, while a crown cannot be placed because the tooth is too weak.
||Advanced gum disease. When gum disease reaches advanced stages, the swollen gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, forming pockets. Bacteria collect in these pockets and begin attacking the periodontal ligaments and the jawbone. These structures, which support your teeth, become weak, and your teeth become loose and compromised.
How are Teeth Extracted?
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted from your mouth. The first way is with a simple extraction.
As the name suggests, this procedure is fairly simple. After a local anesthetic, the teeth are moved back and forth in their sockets gently yet firmly with forceps. This action widens the periodontal ligament and working the tooth loose. Eventually, the tooth can then be lifted free from its socket.
The second way in which teeth are extracted is with a surgical extraction. This type of extraction, done under a local anesthetic and sedation, is used in more complex situations, such as when the teeth are split or shattered. The gums are opened up to reveal the roots of the teeth below. The teeth are then carefully and completely removed, and the sockets are cleaned, and the gums are then stitched closed.
Is There a Recovery Period after Multiple Tooth Extractions?
Multiple teeth extractions are very different from a single tooth extraction, and there is a bit of a recovery period involved.
The exact length of time it will take you to recover will depend upon your health and the number of teeth removed.
During this time, it is essential that you rest, avoiding any strenuous activity, including bending and lifting heavy objects. It is also recommended that you eat soft, and liquid, foods, avoiding anything hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky.
As you heal, your normal activities and diet can be resumed. You will be provided with specific aftercare instructions following your multiple tooth extraction.
What Options Do I Have for Replacement?
After the teeth have been extracted, it is essential to have them replaced. There are a few options available to replace your teeth.
||Bridges. Fixed bridges replace up to three missing teeth. They consist of fake teeth set between two crowns.
||Dentures. Dentures are available in partial and full. They consist of fake teeth set into a removable, gum colored base that rests directly on the gums. Partial dentures replace large sections of missing teeth, while full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth.
||Dental Implants. Implants use titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone, to support replacement teeth. The bone fuses to the posts, turning them into sturdy roots that stimulate your jawbone and work to preserve the integrity of your jaw following tooth loss.
What Do I Need to Do After Having Multiple Teeth Removed?
After removing multiple teeth, it's important to take care of your mouth and follow your dentist or oral surgeon's instructions.
This includes eating soft foods, taking pain medication as needed, and using a straw when drinking. It's also important to avoid smoking and using tobacco products, as this can delay healing.
You'll likely have some swelling and bruising after the procedure, which is normal. To help reduce swelling, prop up your head with a pillow when you sleep and apply ice to your face for 20 minutes.
It's also important to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to give you more specific instructions on how to care for your mouth after a multiple tooth extraction.
Are There Any Side Effects That I Need to Watch Out For?
Some rare side effects can occur after a multiple tooth extraction, such as tongue swelling, damage to the teeth adjacent to the extracted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.
However, these side effects are rare and typically only occur if the procedure is not performed properly.
Contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you experience any unusual side effects after multiple tooth extraction.
What Can I Eat After Multiple Teeth Removal?
You'll need to stick to soft foods for a few days after removing multiple teeth. This includes foods like soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and applesauce. Avoid hard or crunchy foods, as well as chewing gum.
As you heal, you'll be able to add other foods back into your diet slowly. Soft food enables the gums to heal quickly and helps prevent dry sockets.
When Can I Use a Straw After Tooth Extraction?
You can start using a straw 24 hours after your multiple tooth extraction. Sucking on a straw can help prevent dry sockets, common complications after the procedure. This is because the straw suction helps keep the blood clot in place.
Although multiple tooth extractions are relatively simple, it's still important to take care of your mouth afterward. Be sure to consult Dr. Hablutzel ans at Pacific Ave. Dental to make the process easier for you.
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If you have any questions about multiple tooth extraction or would like to learn more about the procedure, be sure to contact us at (360) 373-3515. We will provide you with all the information you need to know and help you decide if this is the proper procedure for you.