If your teeth are severely decayed or you’re suffering from advanced periodontal disease or chronic gum infections, you may need a full mouth extraction. The experienced oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery, in Pinole, California, provide full mouth extractions when it’s the best option to preserve your oral health. Call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your extraction options.
Why would I need a full mouth extraction?
The primary reason for a full mouth extraction is severe decay or infection. In most cases, widespread infection or periodontal disease is caused by neglect, poor oral hygiene, or genetic factors that make your teeth and gums more vulnerable to disease.
It’s estimated that up to 15% of Americans don’t have regular dental checkups and cleanings because of dental phobia. Many others opt out of preventive dental care because they don’t have insurance or can’t afford treatment. As a result, they run the risk of severe and widespread decay and infection in their teeth and gums, necessitating full mouth extraction.
What happens during a full mouth extraction?
A full mouth extraction is an outpatient procedure that should only take a couple of hours. Your surgeon begins by thoroughly numbing your teeth and gums. They can also offer sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout your procedure.
They may be able to simply pull your teeth out of your jaw using forceps. However, if your teeth are broken, impacted, or if they find other complications, your surgeon may need to cut into your gums and jaw to remove your teeth. If necessary, they close your sockets with dissolvable sutures.
How should I take care of my mouth after a full mouth extraction?
Your surgeon will provide customized aftercare instructions.
- They may prescribe a painkiller to reduce any discomfort for the first few days after your surgery.
- You shouldn’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours, and then only follow your surgeon’s instructions for cleaning your gums.
- Don’t smoke or poke your sockets with your tongue or fingers.
What are my options to replace my teeth?
In many cases, the surgeon will fit you with immediate dentures after your operation. You may not be able to wear them right away after your full mouth extraction as your gums may be swollen and sore. As your gums heal, you could consider dental implants to replace your teeth permanently.
If you think you might need a full mouth extraction and are looking for expert surgeons, call Pinole Oral Surgery or make an appointment online today.