Tooth Extractions

It’s sometimes necessary to remove a tooth for the good of your oral health. Tooth extractions are often needed as a result of severe decay, damage, cracking, impact or advanced periodontal disease. Removal may also be recommended if a specific tooth is improperly positioned within the mouth in a way that poses issues for your other teeth. In many cases, extraction is the first step in a long process that will eventually involve a dental implant or dental bridge. Specializing in gentle and sedative dentistry, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters offers tooth extraction for patients in Lakewood CO.

What Is It Like to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Your tooth, gums, and jaw bone will be numbed prior to your extraction. While you won’t feel any pain during the extraction due to the fact that anesthesia will prevent your nerves from transferring pain, you will feel the pressure that is applied as we loosen and extract the tooth. The pressure that you experience will be the result of Dr. Paswaters “rocking” the tooth to widen the socket in preparation for removal. If a tooth is very firmly anchored into the root, it may be necessary to “section” the tooth During sectioning, Dr. Paswaters will cut the tooth into sections in order to remove each section one at a time. Again, you won’t feel any direct pain.

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

The period immediately following a tooth extraction is essential for proper healing. Dr. Paswaters and the Emerald Dental team will provide you with specific directions for how to care for the extraction site in the hours and days following your appointment. It’s critical that a blood clot is allowed to form to stop the bleeding as the first step in your mouth’s healing process. You will be instructed to bite on gauze for 30 to 45 minutes immediately after the extraction. You’ll also need to be vigilant about not allowing the blood clot to dislodge once it has formed. Typically, this just means avoiding using a drinking straw, using a toothbrush near the extraction site, or rinsing vigorously for 72 hours following your appointment.

It’s very normal to feel pain and swelling once the anesthesia wears off. You can take pain medication as prescribed to manage the discomfort. You will most likely be prescribed antibiotics. Eating soft foods for the rest of the day following your appointment will give the area a chance to safely heal.

See a Dentist in Lakewood CO for a Tooth Extraction

While a tooth extraction is considered a last resort in dentistry, there are many situations where this is the best course of action for preserving the health and integrity of your mouth. In addition to offering tooth extractions, Dr. Paswaters offers many options for tooth replacement that will help you to enjoy the look and function of a natural tooth. The Emerald Dental team will do everything possible to make visiting a dentist for tooth extraction as comfortable for you as possible. Please contact Emerald Dental to book an appointment to learn more about tooth extractions today!