Safe Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions might seem scary, but in reality, they are a routine, low-risk procedure that is relatively painless. You might be familiar with the process if you have gotten your wisdom teeth removed!
Central Park Modern Dentistry can do some tooth extractions in the office, but in some cases, we may refer out to an oral surgeon.
Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction
A dentist might recommend a tooth extraction to allow room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. Other times, a tooth needs to be extracted when it’s badly damaged or decayed. An extraction will help relieve the pain and prevent infection.
The most common reason for tooth extraction is to remove your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is typically handled by oral surgeons. If your wisdom teeth are impacted it can stop your teeth from growing in correctly and ruin the current alignment of your teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extractions only take a few minutes and should mostly be pain-free. Most tooth extraction process looks similar to the following:
- Following your x-rays, the dentist or oral surgeon will review them with you and walk you through the process.
- The dentist will use a local numbing agent for the tooth, gum, and bone.
- Throughout the extraction, you should only feel pressure and no pain.
- In most cases, the dentist can remove the tooth using applied pressure, rather than surgical intervention.
After the procedure, your dentist will give you instructions to inform you how to properly care for the extraction site in the hours and days following tooth removal. Some patients will have to cover the area with gauze.
If needed, the dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medicine to provide relief in the days following the procedure. The gums should fully heal in just a matter of weeks, as long as the site is clean. After your extraction sites are healed, you might be interested in replacing the missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are located near Central Park in Denver, Central Park Modern Dentistry has a modern office and an experienced staff. Plus, we are now accepting new patients! If you think you might need a tooth extracted, contact us for a consultation. In certain cases, we may refer out to an oral surgeon.