If you are thinking of getting complete dentures but the anxiety of the dreaded extraction day looms over you…
Here is a step-by-step of what to expect on your journey. Also known as E-day; Extractions are an essential part of your journey towards better oral health. Reading onwards may help with a few anxieties you may have towards the dreaded “E-day” and assist with making an informed decision.
Who Performs The Tooth Extraction?
Dentists and dental specialist like periodontist usually performs the procedure. General dentists’ tooth extractions, but more complex procedures are left up to oral surgeons or periodontists.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the affected area. After the numbing agent has affected the area of operation the dentist uses specialized dental equipment to slowly loosen the natural teeth and carefully lift them from the socket. Sometimes an incision is made in the gum to access the tooth. A dull pushing feeling is all that will be felt.
After the procedure is complete the Dr. will give you some gauze to close down on with steady pressure. This helps slow down bleeding for the extracted area to clot. Throw the gauze away once the area has slowed down. Light bleeding may still occur for around 24 hours after the procedure shortly after that an immediate denture is inserted.
How long does recovery take?
Recovery varies from case to case with some people healing within a few days, and others have a slightly longer recovery, However, adjusting to dentures could take 6 months to a year. The gums will be inflamed from the surgery, and the immediate denture will need a few relines as your gums shrink.
‘Immediately’ after extraction, an immediate denture is inserted to act as a cushion for healing while keeping everything in the correct shape. These dentures will help prevent more bone loss during the healing process. At this stage, you may feel some discomfort (pinching, rubbing, or sore spots), but this is to be expected and should not discourage you.
Once the swelling from the extractions has receded a few adjustments will be needed. This is normal and is included in the cost of your treatment. A few visits to your denture clinic will help with the transition.
Adjustments are to ease some sore spots that may occur during the transition to dentures. The denture is taken out and the problem spot is eased down with a handpiece little by little until the sore spot is gone.
This can come down to an individual’s pain tolerance as well, it is important to give sore sports a grace period to see if it gets better, more often than not the pain will. Swishing your mouth with warm water and salt helps the cause, but if the pain continues book a free appointment for an adjustment.
Tissue conditioners or a soft reline puts a cushion between the hard surface of the denture and your gums. This can ease a lot of the discomfort you might experience during the transition.
After extractions, the mouth swells up and eventually shrinks down to its original size. Meaning the denture will not fit as well around the ridges of the mouth. A hard reline is to ‘reline’ the denture to fit around the ridges again.
Life With Dentures
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