When Does Extracting Multiple Teeth Make Sense?
Some patients who find themselves with extensive tooth loss, and who only have a few of their natural teeth left decide to have their existing teeth extracted to make room for prosthetic tooth replacement options, like dentures or dental implants. At a certain point, the benefits of keeping your remaining natural teeth make less sense than having a full arch tooth replacement option placed in your mouth. The results of extensive tooth loss are difficulty eating and speaking properly, a change in the appearance of the face, and often a loss of self-esteem. Dentures and dental implant supported prosthetics can give you back the ability to eat and speak properly, as well as giving your facial structure a natural aesthetic.
Having multiple teeth extracted isn’t that different from having a single tooth extracted. We prepare you for the procedure by applying a local anesthetic and giving you any sedation you require, or ask for. Your comfort always comes first here at Northview Family Dental, so please always let us know if there is anything that we can do to help make you more comfortable.
Once you are properly anesthetized, we will proceed by removing your existing teeth using a special dental tool called an elevator. Once the teeth have been removed, we will perform any alterations to your jaw that need to take place before dental implant placement or denture fitting. In the case of dental implants, we will sometimes need to place bone grafts into the ridgeline of the gum, or the tooth extraction site. Dental Implant relies on plenty of healthy bone to keep them in place for years to come, so bone grafts help tremendously toward that end.
What Should I Expect Following Multiple Tooth Extractions?Following the extraction of multiple teeth, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling on the face several days after the procedure. It is common for the muscles surrounding the extraction sites to be sore following multiple tooth extractions. A sore throat and some difficulty speaking normally is also a common symptom. Make sure to take any pain medications that we prescribe to you as directed and according to the dosage instructions. Always pay careful attention to the warnings on all antibiotics and pain medications that are prescribed to you.
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