Tooth Removal and Dentures Procedures
If you're getting tooth removal and dentures, don't worry; the procedure is safe and comfortable. Both procedures involve the removal of your diseased teeth and replacing them with new artificial teeth that look and feel very much like your original teeth—sometimes even better! This article will provide you with a basic overview of tooth removal and dentures procedures so you can make an informed decision on which treatment option works best for you.
Tooth extraction process
A dentist will numb you with either a local anesthetic (lidocaine) or general anesthetic to extract a tooth. A local anesthetic numbs only that part of your mouth where it's applied—in most cases, just one tooth is given local anesthesia at a time. In contrast, other teeth in that area are extracted without any anesthesia (this process is called conscious sedation). General anesthesia puts you to sleep.
Once you're numb, an incision is made on one side of your mouth to give access to your molars. The tooth will be loosened with a mechanical handpiece or an ultrasonic device. Then, in most cases, it's removed with a suction tip (called a dental elevator) that has a small wire loop at its end.
Once an incision is made, your dentist will most likely pull out your tooth with pliers or a suction tip. If you're under general anesthesia, you won't feel it. But if you're awake, a slight tugging sensation may be present as they pull on your tooth.
Now that your tooth has been removed, you'll need to decide what you want to do with that empty spot. The most common option is tooth removal and dentures. Dentures are an artificial replacement for missing teeth. Because they are removable, you can take them out at night or while eating, but they don't fully function like real teeth and may not be as strong as natural teeth; it's possible to break or damage them if you aren't careful. Dentures also come in different shapes for different mouths, so getting used to them can take some time; some people adjust easily while others never get used to their dentures at all.
Whether you're looking to replace a single tooth or a full mouth of teeth, your dentist will work with you to choose an option that works best for your lifestyle. The cost of dentures varies based on how many teeth they need replacing. If dentures don't sound like a good fit for you, talk with your dentist about other options such as implant-supported dentures, dental bridges, or partial plates.
Benefits of dentures
There are numerous benefits to receiving dentures. They can be grouped into two categories, aesthetics, and functionality. The aesthetic quality of your smile greatly improves with dentures. Your teeth will look more uniform and symmetrical once you have them placed. In addition, they'll help you gain confidence when speaking or socializing with others.
Dentures provide the basic function of your original tooth when it comes to functionality. This includes biting, chewing, and eating a variety of foods. With your new set of teeth, you can resume normal functions without feeling like something is missing or out of place. You'll be able to enjoy a comfortable and worry-free smile once you have them placed!
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