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What is the procedure for removing all my teeth for dentures and how do teeth below gum line get pulled?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Full mouth ext's: The procedure is called full mouth extractions, and can be accomplished in phases or all at once, depending on the treatment plan of your dentist. Broken teeth below the gum will be surgically exposed to be visualized and teased out of the bone with a surgical instrument.
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 25 years experience
Flap raise, extract: A flap should be raised since not only it facilitates the extraction, but it is also necessary to contour the bone to prepare for the better denture adaptation. The healing is better. The ridge shape is better. The denture should look nicer and fit much better doing this way.
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Dr. Gary Kitzis
37 years experience
Complete extraction: Usually the back teeth are extracted first. After they heal impressions are made and finally the front teeth are extracted and the denture is inserted at the time of extracting the front teeth. Teeth broken below the gum line are removed using special instruments designed for grasping broken remnants of teeth. Removing badly broken teeth isn't a problem for people skilled in the procedure.
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Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Gently : Teeth can be removed gently and a traumatically . The procedure can be done with just local anesthetic or if you would prefer under sedation. You will be surprised at how painless it is. Visit an oral maxillofacial surgeon along with a prosthodontist. Together you will get the best result.
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Dr. Richard Reinitz
41 years experience
Depends: Teeth and roots are removed surgically out of their sockets through a series of loosening procedures, they are not 'pulled'. The surgeon will get you numb, remove the teeth and bone, smooth the bone so that when healed your gums will be smooth and not sharp. Usually, the surgeon will then suture your gums closed and then allow time for the gums to heal prior to the final dentures being constructed.
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Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 56 years experience
This assumes you will not have an immediate denture. Some dentists will place a denture in your mouth at the extraction appointment and make another after 2 months or more has passed.
Oct 30, 2013
Last updated Nov 3, 2021

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