Gentle Tooth Extractions in Parker, CO
Tooth extraction is a standard dental procedure that requires the removal of a tooth due to infection, disease, trauma, or crowding. The emergence of wisdom teeth may also necessitate a gentle tooth extraction in Parker, CO.
Many patients feel anxious about getting a tooth removed, but Front Range Smiles is here to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. Our team has several years of experience reviving smiles in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere.
Whether you have wisdom teeth coming in or deep tooth decay, you can trust Front Range Smiles to restore your oral health through gentle extraction treatment.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction is often recommended if you have a damaged tooth that cannot be fixed with a filling, crown, or other types of dental treatment. This carefully performed procedure also may be recommended if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth.
Other reasons may include:
- Wisdom teeth eruption
- Removing a deeply infected or decayed tooth
- Making room for necessary orthodontic treatment
- Removing stubborn baby teeth to accommodate incoming permanent teeth
What Is the Tooth Extraction Process?
There are two different kinds of tooth extraction procedures: simple and surgical. Whether you have a simple extraction or a surgical procedure, Dr. Schmidt and our Front Range Smiles team will ensure you are comfortable during the entire process.
Before your treatment, Dr. Schmidt reviews your medical and dental histories and take x-rays of your mouth. She then discusses the best plan of action for you based on your individual oral health needs and goals.
During a simple extraction, your dentist performs the following four steps:
- Applies a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth
- Carefully loosens the tooth
- Gently removes the tooth
- Places gauze on the area where the tooth was removed to help healing tissue form
A surgical extraction is necessary when a tooth is broken at the gumline or hasn’t fully emerged.
Your oral surgeon or dentist will take these four steps to complete a safe and comfortable surgical extraction:
- Administer intravenous (IV) anesthesia for comfort and pain management
- Make a small incision in the gums to expose the underlying tooth
- Remove the tooth with dental forceps
- Place gauze over the extraction site to promote clot formation
Before a simple or surgical extraction, your dentist gives you a complete overview of what the procedure entails, your recovery timeline, and the dos and don’ts of at-home care.
Healing from Your Tooth Extraction
Each patient is unique, and so no two recoveries are the same. Healing can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks, depending on your individual case. An integral part of the healing process is the formation of a blood clot in the tooth’s socket.
Blood clots form naturally and are evidence the wound is properly healing. The blood clot also protects the wound from food debris and air. When the socket isn’t protected by a blood clot (dry socket), underlying nerves and bone are exposed and vulnerable to damage. Dry socket can be very painful and requires professional treatment.
Dental Extraction Recovery Tips
Your dentist will go over a comprehensive list of best practices for your post-procedural care before and after your extraction.
The American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy.org recommends these five tips for a smooth, comfortable recovery:
- Do gently rinse your mouth with water
- Do follow the diet suggested by your dentist
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
- Don’t brush the teeth near the extraction site
- Don’t drink with a straw for at least 24 hours after treatment
To ensure you’re healing properly and comfortably, your dentist will see you for follow-up visits after your treatment.
Swelling and slight bleeding are common after a dental extraction. To reduce swelling, you can place an ice pack on your face near the area of your mouth where you had the procedure.
If swelling or bleeding persist or you experience extreme pain, please contact your dentist immediately.
Gentle Dental Extractions in Parker, CO
The team at Front Range Smiles treats all our patients as though they were family. Every patient who walks through our doors receives compassionate service during and after their extraction treatment.