You might be in need of full mouth extractions for a number of reasons. For example, your surgeon might need to prepare your mouth for dentures. In this procedure, the provider safely and effectively removes all of your permanent teeth. If you have questions about full mouth extractions and think it might be the right option for you, call California Oral Surgery today or book your appointment online.
Why do I need full mouth extractions?
There are several reasons you might be in need of full mouth extractions. Many times, your permanent teeth will be removed prior to being fitted for dentures. Other reasons include:
- Advanced decay
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Bone loss
- Infection and abscess
If you’ve neglected your oral health for years and now are experiencing intense pain in your mouth or jaw, call the team at California Oral Surgery today. They will discuss with you if full mouth extraction is the best plan for you or if other dental intervention will better serve your needs.
Are full mouth extractions painful?
When it comes to dental work, many people put off a visit out of fear that the procedure will be extremely painful. At California Oral Surgery your comfort is always the top priority. In your consultation before the surgery, you will have an opportunity to discuss the medication options so that you can feel comfortable. If you just have a few teeth to extract then you may be offered just a local anesthetic and a sedative. Sedation is offered to keep you calm and relaxed, and local anesthetics will make it so you don’t feel anything during your procedure. If you need to have a full mouth extraction then you may be given a general anesthetic.
What’s recovery like after full mouth extractions?
If you are due for surgery then you will likely want to know what is the full mouth extraction recovery time. After your full mouth extractions, your gums are going to need time to heal. For the first few days, you might feel some pain and slight discomfort. Your expert surgeon might provide you with a prescription to help manage any pain or suggest over-the-counter medications.
The first few days after your procedure, there might be some swelling and your surgeon might advise you to use ice packs to keep it in check. While your mouth is tender, you may want to only drink liquids and eat soft foods like eggs, soup, and applesauce. Make sure to not smoke in order to speed your recovery.
Once your gums have fully healed you will return to the office to be fitted for your dentures or whichever dental prosthetic your California Oral Surgery provider suggests.
How long does a full mouth extraction take?
It’s to be expected that a full mouth extraction will take a little longer than extracting just one tooth. However, the increased time isn’t that much longer. To extract one tooth, firstly you will receive a local anesthetic and perhaps a sedative. In place of this, when a person gets a full mouth extraction they are given a general anesthetic. They both take roughly the same amount of time to administer. The entire process to extract one tooth takes around 20-40 minutes. Additional teeth can take an additional 3-15 minutes to pull depending on its location and condition.
If you are in need of a full teeth extraction then we would recommend that the surgeon does this in one visit rather than many. It is less traumatic to extract your teeth in one session than in repeated sessions. Also, as recovery can take a while and be disruptive to your regular routine, it is usually better to go through this only once. You will also be ready for your prosthetic replacement quicker.
What to expect after a full mouth tooth extraction?
If you have received a general anesthetic or a sedative then you should arrange for someone to take you home after your full mouth extraction. Your recovery will depend on the development and care of the blood clots that form in the tooth sockets. Following the surgery, you will need to encourage the clot to form. You can help this process by avoiding spitting, heavy rinsing, and drinking through a straw. Also, avoid blowing your nose and sneezing if possible. All these things can create pressure in the mouth and dislodge any clot that is trying to form. During this time some residual bleeding is to be expected but if there is more than this then you will need to go back to the surgeon. After the first few days, the pain should subside, however, you will need to continue caring for the extraction site and avoid dislodging the clot until it has healed. You can do so by eating soft foods such as eggs, pasta, and yogurts. Also, a saline rinse can help keep the area clean. Be sure to rinse gently. After 10 days the gum should have healed over and you can return to have your dentures fitted or proceed to your other prosthetic option.