Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
If several of your teeth are in bad shape, and you've decided dentures are a good option, then you'll need to have your bad teeth removed. Although that might sound a little frightening, a tooth extraction isn't painful since the area is numb during the procedure. Here's a look at having tooth extractions done so you can get dentures.
You Might Have All Your Teeth Pulled The Same Day
Your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on things like dental pain you may be having, your budget, and the overall health of your mouth. You might have all of your teeth pulled in one visit. When you have this done, you have the option of getting immediate dentures.
That means you can get your teeth pulled and get dentures the same day. However, you'll still go through several days of healing, and you'll probably need to have the dentures adjusted since your mouth will change as the swelling goes down.
You Might Have Sedation
When you have all of your teeth extracted the same day, you might need more than anesthetic injections. You can discuss this with your dentist before your procedure. Your dentist might offer sedation options that help you stay relaxed and ease your anxiety. This could range from nitrous oxide gas to IV medication depending on what your dentist recommends.
The goal is to keep you comfortable since it will take time to get all your teeth removed. Even if you don't feel pain due to the injected anesthetic, you will probably still feel the dentist pulling on your teeth, and that might cause anxiety when you have to endure it for multiple teeth in one sitting.
You Should Plan For Your Recovery
Expect your recovery period to last for several days. You might need to use ice packs for the first couple of days to control swelling. After that, you might need to switch to a warm water bottle against your face to help with discomfort and healing. Your dentist will give you instructions to follow after your tooth extractions, and it's important that you follow them faithfully so you don't have problems with healing.
Your tooth sockets need to form clots to stop bleeding and help the area heal. If you smoke, drink through a straw, or engage in strenuous activity, you might dislodge a clot and lead to what's known as a dry socket that can be very painful. You'll need to follow a strict diet too, since you won't be able to chew right away.
An advantage of having all your teeth out at once is that you get the ordeal over with quickly, but the disadvantage is that your entire mouth has to heal instead of just an area over one or two teeth.
Even so, once your bad teeth are out and your mouth has healed, you'll be free of dental infections and toothaches. However, you'll want to have your dentures adjusted and make sure they fit well so they are comfortable when you chew and speak.