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.
- Eat soft foods, such as pasta, soup, and applesauce
- Don’t drink through a straw and try not to cough or sneeze
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 opt for dental implants, then you may need a bone graft to strengthen your jaw bone. Your dental surgeon will be able to discuss these options so that you can be fitted with an option that will suit you.
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.
How long does a full mouth extraction take?
A full mouth extraction is obviously going to take longer than extracting one tooth. But you don’t have to expect that it will be so much longer. Much of the time taken to perform an extraction is used in the preparation, which includes administering the anesthetic and sedation. To extract one tooth together with the preparation involved will take around 20-40 minutes. If you have other teeth to come out, they will take an additional 3 -15 minutes depending on the location and condition.
Are full mouth extractions painful?
The surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery do all they can to make your dental procedure comfortable. You will have an opportunity to tell the surgeon about any phobias or anxieties you may have about the procedure. Depending on how many teeth need to be extracted you will either be offered an anesthetic for pain and sedation or a general anesthetic. Both will numb the pain and keep you calm. In the case of the general anesthetic, you will not be aware of anything throughout the procedure. After the extraction, you may be given prescription painkillers to help you deal with the initial pain through the initial days.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME AFTER A FULL MOUTH EXTRACTION?
If you have had a complete teeth removal procedure then your recovery time will depend on how closely you stick to the aftercare instructions. If you stick closely to the instructions and there are no complications then the pain should subside after a few days. After 7 to 10 days your gums should have healed. New bone and gum tissue will have grown into the gap. At this time you can start reintroducing food that you had previously avoided such as crispier foods.