It’s simple to perform a tooth extraction. However, it’s different with multiple tooth removal practices. Multiple cavities and periodontitis require many extractions because the teeth are too damaged for other treatments. So, let’s discuss what to expect after multiple tooth extractions.

How Many Teeth Can Be Extracted at Once?

There is no strict limit on how many teeth can be extracted in one visit to the dentist. However, dentists consider certain factors before performing multiple extractions:

  • The difficulty of the extractions
  • The patient’s health
  • The dentist’s ability to handle the procedure
  • The location of the teeth to be extracted

Many dentists advise against removing more than two teeth at once for practical reasons. They usually prefer to extract teeth in sections rather than all at once. It’s safe to have multiple teeth extracted if you and your dentist agree on the approach. Your dentist will determine the best way to extract multiple teeth.

Multiple Tooth Extraction Procedure

Depending on the surgery and your health, multiple tooth extractions can be done with either local or general anesthesia. Following is the basic procedure for multiple tooth extractions:

  • You will receive local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation based on your dentist’s recommendation.
  • The dentist will use a tool called an elevator to loosen each tooth in the gum. You won’t feel pain, but you will feel pressure and might hear grinding and cracking. If you feel pain, tell your dentist right away.
  • For multiple extractions, the dentist can remove teeth in sections, one by one.
  • A thick layer of gauze will be placed over the extraction site, and you’ll need to bite down firmly to absorb blood and start clotting.

What to Expect Post-Multiple Tooth Extraction Procedure?

Removing many teeth at once is quite different from extracting just one or two. Because the bone must be shaped and smoothed before fitting a denture. Therefore, you can expect the following normal conditions to occur:

  • Swelling and Discoloration
    After removing many teeth, the operated area will swell, peaking in two days. Swelling and discoloration around the eyes can occur. To reduce discoloration, apply a warm, moist towel starting 24 hours after surgery and continue as long as comfortable. Remember, use ice packs only for the first 24 hours.
  • Sore Throat
    A sore throat might develop because the throat muscles are near the extraction sites. Swelling in these muscles can cause pain, which is normal and should go away in 2-3 days.
  • Cracked Lips
    If the corners of your mouth are stretched, they might dry out and crack. Keep your lips moist with an ointment like Vaseline.
  • Elevated Temperature
    A slight increase in temperature for 24-48 hours is normal. If your temperature keeps rising, contact our office.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Multiple Teeth Extraction?

The recovery period depends on the location of extracted teeth and the complexity of the procedure. However, you need to change your diet and activity for 7-10 days after your tooth extraction. It can take up to 3 weeks for the socket to heal completely.

Bottom Line

Having decayed or rotted teeth is like having a ticking bomb inside your mouth. All they can do is trigger painful infections. That’s why taking them out is the only option you have at times. If you are worried about “What to expect after multiple tooth extractions?” talking to your dentist can help.

Visit our Doctor of Dental Medicine, Dr. Thomas, at Dynamic Dental Solutions. Our dentist specializes in IV and Oral conscious sedation, third molar extractions, special needs patients, and bleeding disorders. Dial (281) 837-9090 to reach out.

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