Tooth Extractions in A Comfortable Setting
A tooth extraction can seem scary and not an enjoyable experience, but the truth is it is a fast and low-risk procedure.
Depending on your unique case, an extraction can either be completed at our office or may be referred out to an oral surgeon.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth removal is the most common extraction procedure and is typically handled by an oral surgeon. When wisdom teeth are impacted it stops your teeth from growing in normally.
In some cases, a dentist may recommend an extraction to make room for proper tooth alignment. Other times, a tooth needs to be extracted when it’s badly damaged or decayed. In some cases, an extraction can prevent infection and relieve pain.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extraction is a quick and painless process that should only take a few minutes. Most extraction processes look similar to this:
- After taking x-rays, the dentist or oral surgeon will review them with you and talk through the entire process with you.
- The dentist will use a local numbing agent for the tooth, gum, and bone.
- Throughout the extraction, you should only feel pressure and no pain.
- In most cases, the dentist can remove the tooth using applied pressure, rather than surgical intervention.
The Recovery Process
After the procedure is over, your dentist will give you thorough instructions on how to properly care for the extraction sites in the following hours and days. Some patients may need to cover the area with gauze.
For patients who experience pain after their extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medicine to give you some relief in the days following the procedure. The gums should fully heal in a matter of weeks, as long as the site is kept clean. Once healed, you may be interested in replacing the missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation
Woodland Park Dental Group offers a modern office with an experienced staff. If you think you might need a tooth extracted, contact us for a consultation. In some cases, we may refer out to an oral surgeon.