What Does a Tooth Extraction Mean?
Tooth extraction, also known as exodontia or dental extraction, is a very common procedure we perform at our Golden, CO office. The procedure involves removing or pulling a tooth. An extraction may be necessary if there is disease, trauma or overcrowding.
Reasons for Dental Extractions
There are many reasons that we may need to perform a tooth extraction:
- Wisdom teeth
- Broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Loose teeth
- In preparation for braces
Types of Dental Extractions
There are two types of dental extractions we perform:
Simple Tooth Extraction
This extraction occurs when a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. When the tooth is seen, forceps are used to remove the tooth requiring no incisions.
Surgical Tooth Extraction
A surgical extraction is used when the teeth have not broken the gum line or have not descended into the mouth, such as wisdom teeth. It is a more complex procedure that may require general anesthesia.
How is a Tooth Extraction Procedure Performed?
If a tooth extraction is necessary, Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson will perform an X-ray to further evaluate the tooth. The extraction procedure may be performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, or general anesthesia if more than one tooth is removed. After the extraction, stitches may be necessary. Alternatively, a bridge, implant or denture will be used to replace one or more teeth.
What is the Recovery from a Dental Extraction Like?
After the extraction, patients may experience a moderate amount of pain. Patients can help relieve the pain by:
- Rinsing mouth with warm salt water
- Applying ice to the external area where swelling occurs
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication
We may prescribe antibiotics to fight infection. Patients should avoid certain foods and hot liquids for 24 hours after the procedure. A follow-up appointment may be necessary to remove stitches. Most patients recover completely from a tooth extraction within one to two weeks.
Tooth Extraction Patient Testimonial
“I was experiencing tooth pain and stopped by the office to see if I could get in for an appt. The staff up front are very friendly and got me an appt the next day. The next day I was diagnosed and was able to make another appointment the very same day to resolve the problem. Very impressed with the entire staff here and would recommend them to anyone.”
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The wisdom teeth develop during early adulthood, between the ages of 15 and 25. Most mouths are too small to support these additional molars. Therefore, a dental extraction is necessary. If not removed, the wisdom teeth may cause pain, infection and swelling of the face or gum line, as well as the development of cysts and tumors.
For this procedure, we will administer an anesthetic. First, we will open the gum tissue over the tooth to remove any bone that is covering it. The connecting tissue is then separated so that the entire tooth can be removed. The area is closed with sutures and gauze will help control bleeding.
Recovery From Wisdom Teeth Removal
After surgery, we will prescribe our patients painkillers to speed up the recovery process and reduce pain. Patients should eat only soft foods and liquids for the first few days. Patients should gently rinse their mouth with warm salt water to relieve swelling and pain. Stitches are removed within a few days.
Are There Risks to a Tooth Extraction Procedure?
This dental procedure is safe for most patients with minimal to no complications. While most complications are rare, they may include:
- Accidental damage to surrounding teeth
- Soreness in the jaw
- Fractured jaw
- Dry socket or exposure of bone in the tooth socket
Patients may also experience side effects from local and general anesthesia. Dr. Gill or Dr. Kenson will discuss any potential side effects before the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a damaged tooth and are suffering from pain, you may need a tooth extraction. Contact us at (303) 277-9600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nancy Gill or Dr. Dallas Kenson. Our practice serves Golden, Denver, and surrounding areas in Colorado.