The goal of caring for your smile is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, avoiding premature tooth loss. A tooth extraction is always a treatment of last resort, when other restorative options are considered ineffective. It may also be recommended in younger patients before orthodontic treatment if tooth crowding is a concern. Dr. Hughes will discuss all aspects of a tooth extraction procedure and how best to care for your oral health to ensure a good recovery.
A tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure that is typically performed using a local anesthetic. Moat patients will experience only minor pressure as the tooth is gently moved around and then removed.
To extract the tooth from its socket, the dentist will gently move it back and forth with a special tool. This enables the tooth to gradually become separated from its ligament, and slowly be pulled out of the socket to minimize discomfort.
You will be given after care instructions to ensure that the socket and adjacent area heal properly and without infection. If you are experiencing new or lingering symptoms such as excessive bleeding, throbbing pain or swelling, please contact us and we will provide further instruction on how best to address any problem.
Common Questions About Tooth Extractions
How does a tooth become infected?
An infection occurs when decay remains untreated, allowing the cavity to grow until bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp. An infection can lead to serious discomfort, including pain when chewing, fever, swelling near the tooth, and a foul tasting discharge. If the tooth is beyond repair, meaning too late to perform a root canal, we may suggest removing it completely.
What are wisdom teeth?
The third molars are a set of four molars that erupt when a patient is in his/her late teens or early 20s. These additional teeth can lead to misalignment, damage to surrounding teeth, or impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth mean only a portion of the tooth erupts, leading to discomfort and a greater risk of infection.
Do all wisdom teeth require removal?
Typically, we recommend removing the wisdom teeth. In some cases, they may be able to erupt without complication. We will examine your smile using digital x-rays and other technology to decide whether you need extraction or not.
Can I replace the teeth that have been extracted?
Yes. If they were removed due to damage or infection, we can replace them with a bridge or possibly even a single tooth dental implant.
Dr. Hughes proudly serves patients and their families in Louisville, Colorado and all surrounding communities. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 303-214-4009.