Reasons for Tooth Removal
While we do everything we can to save natural teeth, sometimes extractions become necessary. A few common examples include after severe trauma to a tooth, impacted wisdom teeth, or an overcrowded mouth that needs orthodontic care, but first requires removal of a few teeth. We also extract excessively decayed or infected teeth that will not benefit from other restorations, such as a root canal and dental crown.
The Extraction Process
There are two types of extractions – simple and surgical. In a simple extraction, we administer a local anesthetic to the areas near the tooth, numbing your cheek, gums, and mouth. Once numb, our dentists use tools to extract the tooth painlessly. We talk to you throughout the process to ensure your comfort. You should only feel mild pressure during this procedure – no pain. Once removed, we wash the area out and seal the socket to ensure proper healing.
If the tooth is underneath the gumline (impacted), we must cut through the gumline to get to the tooth. This ‘surgery’ does require a bit more invasiveness and more anesthetic but is a viable way to remove a tooth that causes you problems. You will receive stitches after removal of the tooth in the areas of the incision.
Are There Risks With Tooth Extraction?
Our dentists take all necessary precautions during the tooth extraction process. We only extract teeth when it’s necessary, and your oral health is at risk if you do not pull it. On the rare occasion that there is a side effect, our staff knows how to handle it effectively.
Typically, the largest risk with tooth extraction is a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot opens up, exposing the bone. While it sounds scary, our dentists know how to handle the situation, dressing it with a sedative for a couple of days, allowing a new blood clot to form and the area to heal.
As is the case with any type of procedure, there is a risk of infection, excessive bleeding, and breathing issues. Our dentists watch for signs of any issues during the procedure and provide you with detailed instructions on what to look for once you go home. We are always available should you experience any issues after the procedure, seeing you right away if you experience any complications.
Tooth extractions are a safe and effective way to deal with serious oral health issues that cannot be resolved with other tooth restoration options. Our dentists are experienced and effective when removing your teeth, ensuring your safety throughout the procedure.
Call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 394-3304 today for your appointment or to discuss your needs for tooth extraction today.