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Tooth Removal Services by Baptist Road Dental in Colorado Springs, COWhile the goal of modern dentistry is preserving natural teeth and keeping them healthy, sometimes tooth extractions are necessary. An extraction or removal may be required due to extensive decay or trauma. It can also be necessary if a wisdom tooth becomes impacted. Sometimes even children need an extraction when a permanent tooth cannot erupt from the gums.

No matter why a tooth must be pulled, the extraction itself is typically very routine. Despite being a common source of fear, a tooth extraction is nothing to be afraid of when performed by an experienced dentist. The tooth is not fixed rigidly into the surrounding bone but rather attached with a network fiber. By carefully manipulating your tooth, your dentist can detach the fibers and free the tooth with little difficulty.

Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons a tooth may need to be removed. Depending on the reason, there may be several treatment options to restore the lost tooth such as a dental implant or a bridge. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Advanced decay. There are many ways to attempt to save a severely damaged tooth, such as a root canal or crown. Sometimes there is no way to keep the tooth functional and attractive, in which case extraction may be the best option.
  • Impacted wisdom tooth. A wisdom tooth can become impacted when it doesn’t have room to develop or emerge fully. An impacted wisdom tooth should be removed as soon as possible as it can cause pain, gum irritation, and dental complications.
  • Baby teeth. Sometimes a baby tooth is not lost in the correct sequence or is not in the correct position. This can prevent the permanent tooth from erupting as it should. Removing the baby tooth can prevent orthodontic treatment down the road.
  • Orthodontic care. A tooth may need to be extracted due to dental crowding, which means there are too many teeth for the size of your dental arches. After extracting one or several teeth, the remaining teeth can be aligned.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Prior to an extraction, your dentist will perform an x-ray to check the position of the tooth roots and the health of the surrounding bone. This is important to anticipate potential complications and plan for the easiest possible extraction.

In most cases, tooth extractions are performed with local anesthesia, which means the tooth and surrounding tissue will be completely numbed. Other sedatives may also be used if you are especially nervous about the procedure or multiple or complicated extractions are planned. Your dentist will take care to avoid damage to the surrounding bone during the extraction process.

Recovering from a Tooth Extraction

The empty tooth socket will be covered with gauze immediately after the extraction. You will need to apply gentle pressure to the gauze by keeping your teeth closed for about 20 minutes. You may experience swelling and mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure but over-the-counter medication during the day of the procedure can control most of the discomfort.

It’s important to eat soft foods for the first couple of days. Avoid drinking through a straw, rinsing, or spitting with force for the first day or two to avoid dislodging the clot in the socket. After a couple of days, you should be fully recovered from the extraction.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 719-445-0490.