FAQ: Tooth Extractions

restorative dentist co springsDentists like to keep as much of the natural tooth structure intact as possible, but sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. Infection, injury, or impacted wisdom teeth are some of the reasons a dentist will remove a tooth. Learn more about the tooth extraction procedure with Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Paul Cavanaugh.

Why Remove Teeth?

In many cases, tooth extraction is a last resort. Dr. Cavanaugh will take care to make sure we provide the most conservative treatment for your dental problems. We want to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. If conservative methods have failed or we don’t believe that they’re feasible, that’s when a tooth extraction is recommended.

There are many reasons a tooth may be removed. If you’re experiencing severe tooth decay or have a tooth that’s been extremely damaged from trauma, the tooth may need to be removed. Teeth are also taken out when your teeth are overcrowded and causing problems with your day-to-day life.

Sometimes teeth are removed to help treat malocclusion. This is when your bite lines up abnormally. Malocclusion can be the cause of many oral health problems, particularly TMJ disorders. An even bite that meets where it’s supposed to help to even out the pressure on your teeth when they close together. This lessens the chance of broken or cracked teeth.

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth typically erupt in the late teens or early twenties, and very few people are able to keep their wisdom teeth throughout their lifetime without any issues. Wisdom teeth can cause pain, overcrowding in the teeth, and can be more likely to suffer from tooth decay as they’re harder to reach.

Wisdom teeth can also get impacted in your jaw, which means they are stuck behind existing teeth and have developed an infection. Wisdom teeth are usually all removed at the same time through a surgical procedure.

The Extraction Process

We work with a local specialist to make sure you have the optimum experience. For a simple tooth extraction, you’ll first receive local anesthetic around the tooth that’s being removed. If you suffer from dental fear, we offer sedation dentistry options to make sure you’re calm and comfortable throughout the process.

When you’re numb, the ligaments that connect the tooth to your bone will be slowly severed. The tooth is gently rocked back and forth in the socket to remove the actual tooth. When the tooth is out, the entire area will be cleaned and packed with gauze. This helps a blood clot to form in the cavity and also helps to keep out food particles and other hazards. You’ll receive aftercare instructions to make sure it heals well.

Tooth Extraction in Colorado Springs, CO

Have a tooth that may need to be removed? Call us at 719-204-1602 or schedule an appointment online.