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, your Novato Oral Surgery 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 the Novato, California, office 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 well 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 Novato 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 Novato Oral Surgery your comfort is always the top priority. During your pre surgery consultation, you will have an opportunity to relate your fears and anxious concerns about the surgery so that the surgeons can select the right anaesthetic option for you. You may have a local anaesthetic to block the pain, along with a sedative to help you relax throughout the surgery. If the surgery is likely to take a long time, for example, if you have many teeth to extract or the teeth are impacted then the surgeon may suggest a general anaesthetic.
What’s recovery like after full mouth extractions?
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 Novato Oral Surgery provider 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.
During recovery, you will need to try and preserve the integrity of the blood clot that forms in the tooth socket. This is key to a speedy recovery and failing to do so can result in a painful condition called dry socket. Along with eating soft foods as mentioned above, you should avoid heavy rinsing and drinking through a straw. It will usually take a week to 10 days for the gums to heal.
Once your gums have fully healed you will return to the office to be fitted for your dentures or whichever dental prosthetic your Novato Oral Surgery provider suggests.
Full mouth extractions are often the last option, but the procedure can do wonders to relieve your mouth pain or get you ready for a new set of dentures. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
How long does a full mouth extraction take?
You can expect that a full mouth extraction takes longer than just a single tooth extraction. Though the added time to your appointment per tooth is not that much. Much of the time is used in the preparation and administering of the medication, which is usually a general anesthetic. In the case of extracting one tooth, the entire process takes around 20-40 minutes. Additional teeth may take an additional 3-15 minutes to extract depending on its location and condition.
Full mouth extractions are often the last option, but the procedure can do wonders to relieve your mouth pain or get you ready for a new set of dentures. Call the office today, or schedule your appointment online.
Our doctors who provide this service
Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.