Full mouth extraction sounds scary, but in reality, this procedure can save you pain and protect your oral health. If you suffer from advanced gum disease or decay and are looking to be fitted with dentures, full mouth extractions at Vallejo Oral Surgery located in Vallejo, California, is your best bet to achieving optimal oral health. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online using the convenient scheduling tool.
WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF FULL-MOUTH EXTRACTIONS?
There are several reasons why your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider might suggest full mouth extractions. For example, if you are in need of a full set of dentures, or 4 in 1 dental implants, you’ll have to have your remaining teeth removed before the denture process can begin. Other reasons your surgeon might recommend full mouth extractions include:
- Excessive decay to the point where your natural teeth can’t be saved
- Advanced periodontal disease which has caused your teeth to loosen
- Bone density loss in your jawbone
If you feel like full mouth extractions can benefit you, call Vallejo Oral Surgery to talk to a team member today.
I GET NERVOUS BEFORE DENTAL PROCEDURES. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP ME?
It’s natural to feel anxious before procedures like full mouth extractions. Fortunately, the Vallejo Oral Surgery team is there to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. During your extractions, you’ll be given local anesthetics so you won’t feel any pain at all. Because the process can feel a bit invasive, you’ll also be offered sedation such as laughing gas (nitrous oxide), oral pills which are taken a few hours before your procedure, or even IV sedation to put you in a twilight state. If many teeth are being extracted at one time then you may even opt for a general anesthetic. Just keep in mind, if you opt for sedation or general anesthetic, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.
WILL I BE IN PAIN AFTER MY FULL MOUTH EXTRACTIONS?
There will be some pain and bleeding directly after your procedure, especially after the local anesthesia wears off. Your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider will have you bite down on gauze until the bleeding stops. For pain during the first 24 hours to 3 days, your surgeon might offer prescription medication or give you instructions on how to take over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers.
During the first week or two, you will need to protect the blood clots that form in the sockets. Avoid things such as drinking through a straw, heavy rinsing, and sneezing. Make sure to eat soft foods like pasta, eggs, and yogurts for the first few days. You can eat soup too but it can’t be too hot. If you dislodge blood clots it causes painful dry sockets. After a few weeks, your gums will fully heal and you can begin the denture process.
Don’t let decay or advanced gum disease keep you from smiling. Book an appointment with Vallejo Oral Surgery for full mouth extractions so you can be on the road to a natural-looking smile with high-quality dentures. You can also book your appointment online.
How long does a full mouth extraction take?
As to be expected a full mouth extraction is going to take longer than extracting just one or two teeth. However, you may be surprised that the additional time is not so much longer. The majority of the time during surgery is used to administer the medication, including any anesthetic (local or general) and possibly sedation. To extract just one tooth, you could expect the entire process to take around 20-40 minutes. Extracting additional teeth may take an additional 3-15 minutes, depending on their location and condition.
Have in mind that some extractions will either be simple or surgical, depending on whether your tooth is visible or impacted. This can affect how long the procedure will actually take.
Are full mouth extractions painful?
The surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery fully understand that many put off getting dental work out of fear of the pain. You can be assured though that your comfort is our priority. You will be able to discuss your fears with the surgeons during a pre-operative consultation and a tailored made plan for medication will be made for you. It is common to have a general anesthetic during a full mouth extraction as the surgery is more invasive and can take a little more time than other dental surgery procedures.
Can I smoke after teeth extractions?
Smoking is not permitted or advisable after a tooth extraction. It can cause many complications. Smoking can cause the blood clot to dislodge from the extraction site, causing a painful condition called dry socket. Maintaining the blood clot is very important for the healing process. Smoking has also brought on other complications after teeth extractions such as high blood pressure, dizziness, a higher risk of infections, and a slower healing process.
HOW MUCH DOES A FULL MOUTH EXTRACTION COST?
The cost of a full mouth extraction will depend on how many teeth you need to have removed. Usually, a full mouth extraction can cost upwards of $3,000. The average cost of a simple extraction in California ranges from $150-$300 without insurance. But the location and level of complexity both play a major part in how much it will cost.
Another thing to consider is the type of sedation that will be used during the full mouth extraction, as this plays a big part when it comes to the final cost of the procedure itself. For a detailed estimate, give us a call to discuss your options.