Extractions in Broomfield CO
Sometimes it is necessary to extract teeth. This may be to remove a tooth that is too damaged to repair or to make space in a crowded mouth.
Occasionally, despite our best efforts, a tooth cannot be saved and needs to be removed. This is known as an extraction, and it may be done for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the tooth is severely decayed or damaged and leaving it in risks an infection spreading to your other teeth. Sometimes the tooth is impacted and extremely painful and could put healthy teeth at risk. Sometimes crowding requires the removal of one or more teeth so that orthodontia can help move the teeth into their correct positions.
At Fleischmann Family Dentistry, we are able to perform routine extractions as well as wisdom teeth extractions. When necessary, we are also able to provide you with a referral to an excellent oral surgeon. We know that tooth extraction can be a worrisome process, and we will do our best to ease your anxieties and keep you comfortable.
The Extraction Process
The first thing that we will do is see to your comfort. After numbing your gums, we will inject an anesthetic to keep the extraction pain-free. Additional sedation is available; please discuss your sedation needs with us before your appointment so that we can make sure we have everything necessary. If we are removing several teeth, general anesthesia may be an option. This will be discussed prior to your surgery.
If you are having a simple extraction where the tooth being pulled is visible in the mouth, we will use an instrument called an elevator to first loosen your tooth before it is removed with a forceps. In more complex situations, when the tooth to be extracted is under the gumline or otherwise blocked, a surgical extraction will be necessary. In this case, you will likely receive a referral to a skilled oral surgeon who can help you further.
Following Your Extraction
After your tooth has been pulled, you may require stitches. Typically, recovery from a tooth extraction lasts two to three days. You will be given painkillers to ease your discomfort. Be sure to take this medication as directed. You will also need to perform saline rinses throughout the day. This process keeps the wound clean and will also help with pain and swelling. Ice packs on the side of the face are helpful for reducing swelling and decreasing pain.
If you have gauze pads, change them regularly. You can expect some bleeding throughout the next 24 hours. Because the mouth stays moist, scabs do not form; however, clotting will take place. Be careful not to poke at the area of the extraction with your tongue. You could dislodge the clot that is forming and cause the wound to start bleeding. Additionally, keeping your head upright or propped up with pillows will help discourage bleeding.
Plan for recovery time following your extraction. If you engage in activity too soon, you may slow down the healing process. In the days after your surgery, it’s best to eat soft foods like soups, puddings, or gelatin.
Keep your follow-up appointments so that we can check your progress and make sure that you are healing well. Contact us immediately if you have any questions or concerns about your extraction.