A Safe Procedure that Prevents Future Complications
Tooth extractions may seem a bit scary, but in reality, it is a routine, low-risk procedure that is painless when performed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon. The recovery after a tooth extraction is usually very simple.
Reasons For a Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common extraction procedures. Sometimes patients need an extraction because they have impacted teeth or crowding, which is often the case with wisdom teeth.
Although, there are many cases when a dentist will recommend tooth extraction because of severe tooth decay. In these cases, an extraction will prevent infection and relieve discomfort.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Usually, the tooth extraction process is a very straightforward procedure that only takes a few minutes and can be completed by either an experienced dentist or oral surgeon.
- The dentist or oral surgeon will have previously taken x-rays of the teeth and will go over the process with you.
- The dentist will use a local numbing agent for the tooth, gum, and bone.
- As the extraction begins, you should feel only pressure, not pain.
- In most cases, the dentist will remove the tooth using only applied pressure, rather than using surgical intervention.
The Extraction Recovery Process
Your dentist will give you instructions to help you understand how to properly care for the extraction site in the hours and days following tooth removal. These instructions usually include changing out gauze to help minimize bleeding.
If you are feeling pain, your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medicine to give you some relief in the days following the procedure. The gums should fully heal in a matter of weeks, as long as the site is kept clean. Once healed, you may be interested in replacing the missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation in Colorado Springs
If you are located in or around Colorado Springs and are feeling dental pain or think you may need an extraction, don’t hesitate to contact Colorado Dental Group. We can get you set up with a consultation to assess your unique case. Depending on the situation, we may end up referring you to an oral surgeon. To set up an appointment, contact us today!