A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
Have you been told that you'll need to have multiple teeth extracted? Hearing those words coming from a dentist can cause immediate anxiety. The fear of the procedure, knowing that when you leave the dentist's chair that day, that you won't have the teeth that you went in with – it's all scary and is something that so many people will continue to put off for years until they suffer so much pain from the decaying teeth that they have no choice but to have emergency procedures performed.
Fortunately, there are two things that can make having multiple teeth extracted at once – sedation dentistry and temporary dentures.
You like to sleep – right? Well, how nice would it be if you could just go to the dentist's office, take a nap and wake with everything taken care of? Well, that's what sedation dentistry is.
Before the procedure, you will be instructed to fast for the night before and day leading up to the appointment. You cannot have food in your belly just in case the medicine makes you vomit while you're sleeping – it's just a safety precaution.
When you arrive, you'll fill out any paperwork and be taken to the treatment room where you'll be given a dose of medicine to calm your nerves and then, you'll be put to sleep and when you wake, it will all be done.
The temporary dentures are well worth every cent. Instead of leaving the extraction appointment with a mouth packed with gauze, you'll leave with a set of dentures in your mouth.
Temporary dentures are made using an impression of your mouth with the teeth in place. The dentist then works his or her magic and creates a temporary plate that can be put in place the minute the extraction procedure is complete.
This denture will help in many ways – limits the swelling and bleeding, makes you feel more confident with a full set of teeth even after you've had so many extracted, and it will make it easier for you to eat while your wounds heal.
This temporary denture can be worn until your permanent denture is complete – this can take weeks because you won't be able to get your permanent dentures even started until your mouth has healed completely.
Talk with your dentist to learn more about sedation dentistry and temporary dentures. He or she will be able to answer any questions that you have and give you an even greater sense of peace about the future.