Tooth Extraction

Tooth extractions are a necessary general dental treatment when the tooth has become badly damaged by tooth decay or gum disease as well as for wisdom teeth. Dr. Paul Cavanaugh performs tooth extractions in his Colorado Springs, CO dental office.

Tooth extractions may seem like a frightening procedure, but Dr. Cavanaugh and his team are dedicated to providing comfortable care to patients in a relaxing environment. If you have any questions about any part of your treatment, you can ask Dr. Cavanaugh or any member of his team.


Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Damage due to accident or trauma
  • To remove extra teeth (wisdom teeth)
  • Certain medical conditions

If you need a tooth extracted for any reason, call Dr. Cavanaugh at 719-528-1711 or request an appointment online.


One of the most common forms of tooth extraction is of the wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. These are typically removed while they are still growing in adolescents and young adults. They should be removed simply when they begin to cause issues such as damage to your other teeth, pain, bite issues, swelling, or infections.

As the teeth grow in, they can cause significant pain when they break the surface of the gum and shift other teeth to make room. For some patients, these third molars may need to be removed right away will prevent future dental problems.


At the time of surgery, we will numb the area around the tooth or teeth with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. You may experience some pressure while your dentist rocks the tooth back and forth to loosen it for removal but should not feel pain. If you do feel any pain, please let us know.

After the tooth is extracted, a crucial part of the healing process is biting down on some gauze so that a blood clot can form. We ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the appointment. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal for up to 24 hours. You may feel some pain and experience swelling after the tooth is extracted.

Keep swelling at a minimum by applying an ice pack to the area. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours and the extraction site will close up in about two weeks.

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