When severe tooth decay and infection has affected several of your teeth, multiple extractions may be the best way to protect your oral health. Jeffrey Graves, DDS, offers multiple extraction services at Rotary Way Oral Surgery, in Vallejo, California. If you’re looking for an expert oral surgeon, call Rotary Way Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.
WHY WOULD I NEED MULTIPLE EXTRACTIONS?
The most common reason that you might need to have several, or even all, of your teeth removed, is widespread tooth decay and infection. While you may be genetically inclined to tooth decay or periodontal disease, in many cases, severe decay and infection are due to poor hygiene and neglect. For example, around 15% of Americans avoid preventive dental care because of dental phobia, which ultimately leads to more severe oral health problems.
You may also need to have several teeth removed following a traumatic accident if your teeth are too severely damaged to be saved.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I HAVE MULTIPLE TEETH REMOVED?
At Rotary Way Oral Surgery, Dr. Graves provides expert tooth extraction services. After an initial consultation to determine which teeth need to be removed, you schedule your extraction procedure.
Dr. Graves begins by thoroughly numbing your teeth and gums and gives you a sedative to ensure you stay comfortable and relaxed throughout your extractions. Then using either simple or surgical techniques, Dr. Graves removes your teeth.
In many cases, after removing your teeth, Dr. Graves shapes and smooths your jaw to prepare it for dentures. He may also provide a bone graft to fill in your sockets and create a firm foundation for dental implants.
Dr. Graves completes your multiple extraction procedures by closing any incisions with dissolvable stitches. He also fits you with immediate dentures.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE AFTER MY TEETH HAVE BEEN EXTRACTED?
After the surgery, you are free to go home. Though you must have someone to take you, as the effects of the sedation will last into the next day. You will bite down on a gauze to stop the bleeding. Blood clots will form and you will need to protect them in order to recover well. You can do this by avoiding crispy foods, drinking through a straw, and heavy rinsing of the mouth. After a week to 10 days, your gums will heal and you can return to your normal diet.
How long does a full mouth extraction take?
A full mouth extraction is going to take longer than just extracting one tooth. One tooth may take around 20-40 minutes to extract. This time includes receiving the anesthetic, the sedative, and the extraction. Depending on the location and condition, additional teeth may take around 3-15 minutes to extract.
Are full mouth extractions painful?
At Rotary Oral Surgery, we understand that many experience some level of dental phobia related to the pain they may experience. Don’t let that put you off any necessary dental work. Our surgeons will provide you with the necessary medication to help you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. You will have an opportunity to speak with the surgeon before the procedure so that he can tailor the treatment for you. After the surgery, you will be given prescription pain killers that you can take for the first few days and any lingering pain can be covered by over-the-counter painkillers.