Removing Teeth For Dentures
If you’re reading this, your dentist has probably just told you that one or more of your teeth has to be removed. We know that this might feel like shocking and overwhelming news, but rest assured that you are not alone – our site has been created to help you through every step of the journey ahead.
While losing a tooth will involve temporary adjustments to your life, tooth replacements are now so advanced that things will soon get back to normal. You’ll laugh, talk, eat and kiss, just as you do now, and we’re here to help while you work towards that.
A GUIDE TO TOOTH EXTRACTIONS FOR PARTIALS
Whether you want to know what to expect before getting an extraction, or you’re searching for useful recovery tips and aftercare information, here is a helpful guide on tooth extractions for partials.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING EXTRACTIONS FOR PARTIALS
Before getting an extraction
First, your dentist will explain the extraction process to you and likely take some preliminary impressions of your mouth. This is so a mold can be made for your new partials, to ensure that they’ll fit perfectly.
Be sure to follow any instructions your dentist gives you to prepare for the extraction in the days leading up to your appointment. Find out more about preparing for tooth loss to be prepared for the journey ahead.
During an extraction
Your dentist or an oral surgeon will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic before the procedure to ease any discomfort. This will usually be done with a small injection near the tooth, or teeth, that will be removed. You shouldn’t experience any pain throughout the procedure, however it is normal to feel some pressure or movement.
After an extraction
Your mouth will heal itself by slowly filling in the bone where the tooth used to be. It does this by forming blood clots, so a small amount of bleeding is normal during the healing process. You may experience some soreness and discomfort after an extraction. Be careful and always follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare.
It may take time for your gums to completely heal after an extraction – but don’t worry, you won’t have to be without teeth for this entire period.
You could, depending on the type of treatment, receive a set of temporary – or ‘immediate’ – dentures to help fill out your smile during the healing process. These can be worn immediately after extraction and while you wait for your permanent ones to be made.
Your immediate dentures may have to be adjusted or even replaced during this time, as shrinkage in the bones and gums in the weeks following extraction may cause them to lose their fit. Talk to your dentist right away if you notice your immediate dentures are feeling uncomfortable.
TIPS FOR RECOVERY AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION
Taking proper care of your mouth between tooth extractions and getting new partials is essential for recovery. Not only does it help to ensure a better fit for your false teeth but it can also reduce discomfort during the healing process. Be sure to take the following precautions after having any teeth removed:
- Avoid rinsing out your mouth: For the first few days after extraction, vigorous rinsing can disrupt the healing process by dislodging blood clots. If you must rinse, do so gently.
- Be careful when brushing or flossing: Avoid cleaning any teeth next to the extraction site for the first few days immediately following your procedure.
- Don’t smoke: This can irritate the extraction site and slow the healing process.
- Eat soft, bland foods: Follow the diet suggested by your dental professional. This will likely include soft foods that are easy to chew for tender gums, and avoid spicy foods that may irritate wounds.
- Use a cold compress: If you experience pain or swelling, place a cold cloth or ice pack on the side of your face and notify your dentist as soon as possible.