Though we make every effort to safeguard our natural teeth, there are times when a tooth extraction becomes unavoidable. First, an X-ray of the affected area is taken to help plan the perfect way to remove the tooth in any tooth extraction. At Atlantic Dental in Denver, we will use all our expertise to ensure that your tooth extraction is done most safely and comfortably.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
- A tooth is severely diseased and cannot be salvaged, and there is a threat of infection to other parts of the oral cavity.
- A baby tooth is obstructing the emergence of permanent teeth.
- A wisdom tooth that is impacted increases the risk of decay and infections.
- Tooth extractions for orthodontic treatments.
How Is Tooth Extraction Performed?
When you visit our dental office, a thorough exam is carried out to check the tooth's condition. We will assess the tooth's position in the mouth and decide if the tooth can be saved. An extraction is advised only when the affected tooth is adversely harming your oral health, or an artificial replacement will be a better solution. Tooth extraction is performed under local anesthesia. The impaired tooth can be pulled out using dental instruments through a simple procedure or surgery.
- Simple Extraction
When the tooth's top surface is visible above the gum-line, and the tooth's root is straight, we will remove the tooth using forceps and elevators. After the tooth is entirely taken out, the empty socket is filled with bone graft material.
- Surgical Extraction
Surgical extractions are recommended when some portion of the tooth's crown or the whole tooth is entrenched beneath the gum line. To remove them, an incision is made in the gums, and the overlapping bone material will be removed before the tooth is taken out. The tooth may be broken into pieces and taken out in complex cases. The wound will be sealed with stitches to ensure proper healing.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Once the extraction is concluded, our team at Atlantic Dental will provide detailed instructions on the follow-up care. It is normal to feel some amount of discomfort even after simple extractions. Generally, over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce swelling, minimize pain, and speed recovery.
While you can brush and floss routinely, it is often a good idea to refrain from spitting or rinsing forcefully for the first twenty-four hours after an extraction.
If you have any queries following your tooth extraction, please visit our office, Atlantic Dental, at 2983 W Evans Ave Denver CO 80219. You can also reach us at 720-738-8888 and schedule an appointment.