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Multiple Tooth Extraction

Tools used for Multiple Tooth Extraction in Seattle WADamaged teeth need to be addressed immediately. If they are ignored, it can lead to worsening damage or painful infections. Most damaged teeth can be restored using dental crowns. However, if the damage is too severe, restorations may prove ineffective, and you may still be faced with issues. When the damage is this bad, it is better for your oral health to extract the teeth and replace them. Crown Hill Dental Care can help.

What Causes the Need for Multiple Tooth Extractions?

While saving your natural teeth is always the preferred treatment, there are times when this is not always possible. There are some circumstances in which several of your teeth may need to be extracted. Common reasons for multiple tooth extractions include:
•  Severely damaged teeth as a result of facial trauma. Facial trauma can occur as a result of an auto accident, a sports-related injury, or even a fall in your own home. Most facial injuries also lead to tooth injuries. While most damage can be restored with crowns, if the damage occurs or extends below the gum line, crowns will be ineffective.
•  Severe tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when acids erode the enamel of your teeth, weakening their structure and causing cavities. Over time, cavities continue to grow larger. Fillings placed in large cavities can cause the teeth to weaken further and even shatter. At the same time, they may be too weak to support dental crowns.
•  Gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the irritation of the gum tissue by oral bacteria. Irritated tissue swells. The longer the disease goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Swollen tissue pulls away from the teeth, providing access for oral bacteria. Below the gum line, bacteria begin to attack periodontal ligaments and your jawbone, causing them to grow weak. This compromises the stability of your teeth.

How are Teeth Extracted?

Teeth are extracted in one of two ways. A simple extraction is a straightforward procedure done under a local anesthetic. The teeth are gripped with forceps and moved back and forth in their sockets until the sockets widen. Once wide enough, the teeth are lifted free.

Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are used in more complex situations. In these types of situations, a local anesthetic and sedation are used, and incisions are made in the gums to expose the roots of the affected teeth and the surrounding jawbone. The teeth are carefully removed, and the gum tissue sutured closed.

Recovering After Extraction

Following your multiple tooth extraction, there will be a recovery period. The exact length of your recovery will depend significantly on the number of teeth extracted. During your recovery, it is essential that you rest, avoiding anything strenuous such as bending over, lifting heavy objects or jogging. During this time, you should also maintain a diet of soft, nutritious foods. You may even want to consume mainly liquids in the first day or so following your extraction. Avoid eating anything hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy, and do not skip meals. Food will provide your mouth with the nutrients it needs to heal. As you recover, you can slowly resume normal activities and eating habits.

Replacing Multiple Teeth

After you have healed from your tooth extractions, it is important that you have your teeth replaced. This is essential for restoring normal function to your mouth and giving you back your smile. There are a few options available for multiple tooth replacement.

  • Bridges. A bridge replaces up to three missing teeth. It consists of the replacement teeth set between two crowns, which anchor on to the healthy teeth on each side of the space.

  • Dentures can be used to replace larger sections of missing teeth or an entire arch. These removable restorations consist of replacement teeth in an acrylic base. The base sits directly on your gums, relying on them for support.

  • Dental implants. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Your replacement teeth are supported by small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone.

While saving your natural teeth is always preferable, it is not always possible. In some cases, the best solution is to extract damaged teeth and replace them. Call Crown Hill Dental Care today for more information at (206) 204-9623.

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