Your teeth function to help you chew, talk, and smile. To keep them strong and healthy, it is important that you take good care of them. This care involves daily brushing and flossing, along with biannual dental cleanings and exams. While good oral hygiene helps to significantly reduce your risk of facing serious oral health issues, accidents can still happen. Teeth can be damaged in many different ways. When damage does occur, the preferred treatment is to fix the teeth and keep them in your mouth. However, if the damage is too severe, these teeth may be unsalvageable. In these situations, the best solution is to extract the damaged teeth and replace them. Pacific Maxillofacial Center LLC can help.
Do I Need Tooth Extractions?
If you have experienced tooth damage, the ideal treatment would be to restore them while allowing them to remain in their natural positions. However, this is not always possible. There are several situations in which you may require a multiple tooth extraction.
How are Teeth Extracted?
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted from your mouth. The first way is with a simple extraction. As the name suggests, this procedure is fairly simple. After a local anesthetic (numbing medication), the teeth are moved back and forth in their sockets gently yet firmly with forceps. This action widens the bone and working the tooth loose. Eventually, the tooth can then be lifted free from its socket.
The second way teeth are extracted is with surgical extractions. This type of extraction is performed in more complex situations, and can be done with local anesthetics and sedation (if necessary). The gums are opened up to reveal the roots of the teeth below. Oftentimes bone is removed, or the teeth are cut into smaller pieces. The teeth are then carefully and completely removed, and the sockets are cleaned. A stitch may be placed to help with the healing process.
Is There a Recovery Period After Multiple Tooth Extractions?
Multiple teeth extractions may have a longer recovery period than single tooth extractions. The exact length of time it will take you to recover will depend upon your health, the number of teeth removed, and the difficulty of the extractions. During this time, it is essential that you rest, avoiding any strenuous activity, including bending and lifting heavy objects. It is also recommended that you eat soft, and liquid, foods, avoiding anything hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky. As you heal, your normal activities and diet can be resumed. You will be provided with specific aftercare instructions following your multiple tooth extraction.
What Options Do I Have for Replacement?
After the teeth have been extracted, it is important to replace the teeth to provide proper functioning and esthetics. There are a few options available to replace your teeth.
Ideally, damaged teeth are restored, allowing them to remain in your jaw. However, severe damage may be beyond repair and require extraction. If you have suffered tooth damage, call Pacific Maxillofacial Center LLC to schedule your consultation today at 808-585-8455.