Tooth extractions are commonplace dental procedures that are often necessary to remove decayed, damaged, or otherwise problematic teeth. Most dentists make every effort to preserve the natural teeth, but sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered a type of oral surgery.
Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or other replacement options like dentures or a bridge.
There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction.
Common reasons for needing a tooth extraction include:
- Tooth decay
- Impacted teeth (example: wisdom)
- Severe gum (periodontal) disease
- Cracked teeth
- Poorly formed or damaged teeth
Although certain causes for tooth extraction are unavoidable, many can be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a tooth extraction?
You may need a tooth extracted (removed) if one or more of your teeth are decayed so severely that a filling or other restoration is not a possibility for treatment.
What is a tooth extraction procedure like?
During your tooth extraction procedure, you will first be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be pulled. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be removed and other factors, such as whether your teeth are impacted, you may also be sedated or given general anesthesia during your procedure.
How long is the recovery from a tooth extraction?
Proper care after a tooth extraction is extremely important for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also keep the area where the tooth once was clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to fight off any infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw because doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as a ‘dry socket.’
Contact Front Range Oral Surgery
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hinckley at either our Oral Surgery office in Wheatridge or Dacono, Colorado. Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form so Dr. Hinckley and our team can discuss your situation and find the best option for you. If you are an existing patient, this contact form should not be used to communicate private health information.
Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.