What is Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction, also known as exodontia, 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 Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons that we may need to perform a tooth extraction:
- Wisdom teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- In preparation for braces
Tooth Extraction Procedure
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.
Types of Dental Extractions
There are two types of dental extractions we perform:
- Simple Extraction: This is an extraction of a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, forceps are used to remove the tooth.
- Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction is for teeth that have broken at the gum line or have not descended into the mouth, such as wisdom teeth. It is a more complex extraction procedure.
Recovery from a Tooth Extraction
After the extraction, patients may experience a certain amount of pain. Patients can help relieve the pain by:
- Applying ice to the external area if swelling occurs
- Rinsing with warm salt water
- 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.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
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.
Wisdom Teeth Recovery
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.
Complications of Tooth Extraction
The dental extraction procedure is safe for most patients with minimal to no complications. While most complications are rare, they may include:
- Accidental damage to surrounding teeth
- Fractured jaw
- Soreness in the 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. Call (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.