What To Expect With Full Mouth Tooth Extraction Before Dentures

Full Mouth Tooth Extraction Before Dentures

If you have severe decay in most of your teeth, or you have advanced periodontal disease, you may be a good candidate for full dentures. Prior to being fit with your dentures, you could be in need of a full mouth tooth extraction. A full mouth extraction and dentures may be the recommended treatment course, in order to restore your oral health, and function. Widespread decay and oral infection can be painful and also risk the overall health of the patient. Knowing what to expect from the full mouth extraction patients will find they are more at ease as their extraction appointment nears.

Prior To Full Mouth Extraction

Your preliminary consultation to learn more about dentures will also be an opportunity to discuss the procedure, discuss your options for dentures, and also take any impressions that will be needed. Typically speaking, patients should avoid eating or drinking anything for up to 12 hours prior to the extraction surgery. This can help to keep nausea at bay before and after the procedure. Smokers should speak to their doctor about cessation products, as smoking is not recommended for those who are recovering from oral surgery. Prior to your procedure, it is important that you share a complete medical history with your dentist. There are some conditions that can increase the patient’s susceptibility to infection. It is also important to share a list of current medications, with particular focus on any that may thin your blood.

The Day Of Tooth Extraction

Your day surgery will be done in the office. The procedure will begin by ensuring that you are thoroughly numb. Your gums and teeth will be numbed using the sedation method that is right for you and your particular health needs. Some patients tolerate the procedure well and do well with just a local anesthetic. Others may need additional sedation methods to stay comfortable and relaxed. Once completely numb and at ease, the procedure will start. Your dentist may be able to extract each of the teeth using a tool similar to forceps. The teeth are rocked back and forth within the socket, and should simply pull free in most cases. If the teeth are impacted, broken, or otherwise challenging, the gums may need a small incision in order to gain full access to each tooth. Teeth may need to be broken up in order to be removed. Your dentist will communicate any concerns with you during the procedure. Small dissolvable sutures may be used to seal any incisions that need them. Gauze may need to be held in place, for areas that take a little longer to form a blood clot once the tooth has been extracted.

Postoperative Care Instructions, After Full Mouth Tooth Extraction

It is normal and expected to experience slight bleeding after an extraction. This may last for a few postoperative hours. Folded gauze help in place can help to stem the bleeding. If there are no signs of any active bleeding, leave the gauze out of your mouth. Avoid actions that include bending over, lifting heavy things, spitting, using a straw or rinsing your mouth for up to 24 postoperative hours. This will help to protect the blood clot that forms in place at the site of the extraction. Icepacks can help to control any swelling and should be used for at least the first 4 postoperative days. If there are signs of extreme swelling, or you spike a fever, be sure to contact our office. It is also expected to experience some measure of discomfort after any type of oral surgery. Many patients find that over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient after a full mouth extraction. Avoid smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or acidic foods for at least the first few postoperative days. Stick to soft and liquid foods, but keep in mind that it’s important to avoid using straws. If you are ready to schedule your full-mouth tooth extraction so you can begin your life anew with a full mouth of dentures, call Billings Denture Clinic to book your appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile.

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