Safely Remove Your Teeth
Tooth extractions seem scary, especially if you’ve never had a tooth extracted before. Keep in mind that a tooth extraction 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.
Fountain Dental Center can handle some extractions in our office, but we may refer you to an oral surgeon in some situations.
Reasons For a Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is the most common tooth extraction procedure. Some patients will need an extraction because they have impacted teeth or crowding, which is the usual case with wisdom teeth.
There are also plenty of 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
The tooth extraction process is usually straightforward and only takes a few minutes and can be completed by either an experienced dentist or oral surgeon.
- The dentist or oral surgeon will have taken x-rays of 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 Recovery Process
After your procedure, your dentist will give you instructions to help you 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.
Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe you medicine to give some relief of pain in the few following days of 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, and denture.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation in Thorton
If you are located in Fountain, CO, and are feeling pain and think you may need an extraction, don’t hesitate to contact Fountain Dental Center. During your consultation, we will assess your case and maybe refer you out to an oral surgeon. Contact us to set up an appointment today!