we provide comfortable tooth extractions to protect oral health
When a tooth is severely damaged and unable to be repaired with conservative treatments, a tooth extraction may be necessary. When decay is left unaddressed, it can spread to surrounding teeth and gums and increase your risk for gum disease and other health issues. Tooth extractions can also be beneficial for creating adequate spacing for patients with small mouths experiencing dental misalignment.
At Metropolitan Dental Care, our dentists use comfortable methods for both simple and complex tooth extractions to ensure that patients achieve a smooth recovery. Undergoing a tooth extraction in a timely manner can protect your oral health. When you have fully recovered, we can discuss the available tooth replacement options to restore your smile.
signs you may need a tooth extraction
The reason for a tooth extraction varies amongst patients but can include:
- Severe tooth infection
- Broken tooth that is irreparable
- Impacted teeth that have failed to erupt and are causing problems
- Partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth
- A primary tooth preventing permanent teeth from erupting
- Create spacing for orthodontic treatment
types of extractions
During your examination, the dentist will perform x-rays using digital technology to format your treatment plan. This will determine the exact location of teeth below the gum line, as well as identify the extent of damage when infection is present. The type of extraction will depend on whether your tooth is erupted or impacted.
For teeth that are erupted or only partially impacted, the dentist can perform a simple extraction. Before removing your tooth, you be will given a local anesthetic that will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. The dentist will then use special dental instruments to loosen the tooth and lift it from the socket, being careful to remove the tooth in one piece.
Teeth that are fully impacted will require a lengthier and more complex procedure. Once anesthesia is administered, the dentist will make an incision in the gum line and remove any tissue to gain access to the tooth. Using the same dental instruments as in a simple extraction, the tooth will be loosened from the socked and gently lifted. Complex extractions typically require sutures. While some sutures are dissolvable, others may need to be removed at a late date. Your dentist will inform you of the type administered.
Once the tooth is removed, gauze and continuous pressure will be applied. You will be encouraged to bite down for 30 to 45 minutes to slow the bleeding. Before leaving our office, you will be given extra gauze to change out. If bleeding persists, continue applying pressure for another 30 to 45 minutes until it has subsided. Swelling, soreness, and bruising are to be expected, but can be reduced by applying ice packs to the outer jaw in 20 minute intervals and taking pain medication, such as 800mg of ibuprofen every four to six hours. If additional pain medication is necessary, we can prescribe a stronger medication to improve your comfort.
There are a few things that should be avoided for the first few days to prevent dry sockets, such as:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Drinking fluids from a straw
Rinsing with warm salt water, brushing gently twice a day, and taking any antibiotics prescribed is also encouraged throughout your recovery. Keeping the surgical site clean is imperative to protecting you from developing an infection.
If you have prolonged tooth pain, it’s important that you visit our Denver, CO office as soon as possible. Seeking treatment in a timely fashion can prevent the infection from spreading and eliminate uncomfortable pain. Contact our office today online or call (303) 534-2626 to schedule your consultation.