Tooth Extraction Consultations and Referrals
Tooth extractions may seem scary, but it should be a comfortable experience. It’s a quick and relatively painless experience. Recovery from a tooth extraction should take no longer than a few days.
While our excellent dental providers can provide an evaluation and consultation regarding a tooth extraction, we will refer patients to our colleagues at Colorado Oral Surgery Group for the procedure.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
One of the most common extraction procedures is wisdom teeth removal. This 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 might recommend extraction to make room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. Other times, a tooth needs to be extracted when it is badly damaged or decayed. In these cases, an extraction will prevent infection and relieve pain.
What Is The Process Involved With a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction process is quick and mainly painless. You can expect the process to look like this:
- After taking x-rays, the oral surgeon will review them with you and talk through the extraction process.
- The oral surgeon 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 tooth can be removed by using applied pressure, rather than surgical intervention.
What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?
After the procedure, your oral surgeon will send you home with instructions for properly caring for the extraction site in the hours and days following tooth removal. Some patients may need to cover the area with gauze.
For patients who experience pain after the extraction, you may be prescribed medicine to give 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
If you think you may need a tooth extracted, reach out to us. We can schedule an initial consultation and refer you to the Colorado Oral Surgery Group directly if we think you need an extraction. If you have any questions, please contact us!