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Multiple Tooth Extraction

Tools used for Multiple Tooth Extraction in Hood RiverYour teeth are incredibly strong. In fact, they are the hardest substance in your body. Taking proper care of them is essential for keeping them that way. However, sometimes issues can still arise that affect the health and integrity of several of your teeth. Ideally, when your teeth are damaged, the best possible outcome is to save them with restorations such as crowns or root canals. However, there are some instances in which the damage is so severe that it just is not possible to achieve this, and leaving these teeth in your mouth can increase your risk of facing serious oral health issues. In cases like these, your best option is to have the teeth extracted and then replaced. Bruce Burton, DMD, is here to help.

Why Might Multiple Teeth Need Extraction?

There are several reasons why you might need to have multiple teeth extracted, including:

•  Facial trauma. Facial trauma, which can be caused by a car accident, a sports-related accident, or even a fall in your own home, often results in tooth injuries. These injuries may include fractures that extend, or even occur completely, below the gum line.
•  Extreme tooth decay. Tooth decay, which is caused by the acids produced by plaque and bacteria, causes cavities. When cavities go untreated, they continue to grow larger, weakening the integrity of your teeth and leaving them susceptible to infections. Severely decayed teeth can be further damaged by fillings, but are not strong enough to support crowns.
•  Gum disease. The early stages of gum disease cause irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue. As the disease progresses, the gums swell and pull away from the teeth, allowing bacteria to fall below the gum line. Once there, the bacteria attack the periodontal ligaments and the jawbone. They grow weak, and your teeth become loose and compromised.

Multiple Tooth Extraction Process

There are two types of extractions that may be used to remove teeth. The first way is a simple extraction. Simple extractions involve gripping the teeth with forceps and moving them gently, but firmly, back and forth in the sockets to widen them. Once widened, the teeth can be easily lifted out.
The other type of extraction that may be used is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is used in more complicated situations, such as teeth that are broken or shattered. Done under a local anesthetic and sedation, a surgical extraction involves making incisions in the gums to expose the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone. We then work to remove all pieces of the affected teeth and clean out the sockets. Once finished, the wounds are sutured closed.

Healing After a Multiple Tooth Extraction

There is a bit of a recovery process following multiple tooth extractions. The exact length of time it takes you to recover will depend on many factors, including how many teeth are extracted and which type of extraction process is used. You will receive specific aftercare instructions that will help you to deal with issues such as pain and swelling. During this time, it is essential to rest, avoiding strenuous activities of any kind. Avoid bending, heavy lifting, jogging, bicycling or any other activity that involves significant physical exertion. It is also recommended to stick to a diet of soft, easily chewable foods. Liquids are often recommended for the first couple of days. Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky. Do not skip meals. The foods you eat should be nutrient dense, as a well-balanced diet will help your body to more easily recover. As you begin to heal, you can slowly return to your normal activities and eating habits.

What Options are Available for Replacement?

After your teeth have been extracted, they should be replaced. There are a few options available to replace multiple teeth.

•  Bridges. A bridge replaces up to three consecutive missing teeth. This restoration consists of replacement teeth set between two crowns, which anchor on to the adjacent healthy teeth. The bridge relies on these teeth for stability.
•  Dentures. Dentures are a removable prosthesis that can be made to replace several missing teeth or an entire arch. Replacement teeth are set into a base that is made from impressions of your mouth. Your gums provide the support this restoration needs.
•  Dental implants. Implants use small titanium posts to support replacement teeth. The posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, incorporating them into the jaw and turning them into stable roots that hold your teeth securely, and permanently, in place.

While it is preferable to save damaged teeth, there are some instances in which it just isn’t possible. Sometimes, a multiple tooth extraction, followed by tooth replacement, can provide you with the best results. Call Bruce Burton, DMD, today for more information and to schedule your consultation at (541) 386-2020.

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