Are you worried about getting your tooth pulled? We understand that many people feel anxious when it comes to dental procedures, especially when it comes to tooth extractions. That’s why we take the time to get to know our patients and ensure they feel comfortable and informed about their treatment. Our team provides caring, personalized, compassionate care so you can have a positive experience at our office. If you are looking for teeth extractions in Parker CO, call Mountainview Periodontics today!
What is a Tooth Extraction, and Why Might You Need One?
Tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the mouth. We perform tooth extractions when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired or when it is causing crowding in the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth are also commonly extracted.
A Careful Approach to Teeth Extractions in Parker CO
When we can, we will use tooth extraction as a last resort to providing dental solutions. Dr. Butler and Dr. Riffel believe in providing non-invasive treatments to maximize your comfort and preserve your natural teeth.
But sometimes, tooth extraction is necessary. It’s often an excellent option for promoting dental health and functionality and is sometimes used as part of a cosmetic dental treatment.
Alternatives to Tooth Extraction
Before we recommend a tooth extraction, we will explore all other possible options. Sometimes, saving the tooth with a root canal or dental crown might be possible.
The Advantages of Professional Tooth Extraction
Believe it or not, some have elected to attempt a tooth extraction at home without professional help. We don’t recommend this.
There are many advantages to tooth extraction by a dentist rather than trying to do it yourself. First and foremost, it’s essential to understand that teeth are powerful, and removing one takes a lot of force. The extraction can be hazardous if you don’t have the proper training.
Another reason to leave tooth extractions to the professionals is that it’s essential to make sure to remove the entire tooth. If even a tiny piece of the tooth is left behind, it can cause problems down the road. Dentists have the experience and training to ensure that they remove the entire tooth and that they properly prepare the site for healing.
Finally, having a tooth extracted by a dentist means you’ll have access to pain medication and other resources to ensure you’re comfortable during and after the procedure.
What Can You Expect During and After a Tooth Extraction Procedure?
Before your tooth extraction, we will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. The numbing will help ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. In some cases, we may recommend sedation dentistry to help you relax.
We will carefully remove the tooth from its socket during the tooth extraction. Once the tooth is out, we will clean the area and place a bone graft in the area if a dental implant is planned down the road. We will take an x-ray to assure complete removal of the root. We will give you specific instructions on caring for the extraction site as it heals.
Most people experience discomfort after a tooth extraction, but this is normal. We will prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort you may experience. An antibiotic is also prescribed to prevent infection postoperatively. It’s essential to take the medication as directed and avoid drinking alcohol or using tobacco, as these can slow down the healing process.
You should also avoid brushing the extraction site or rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours after the procedure. If stitches are required we will instruct you to avoid brushing for a longer period of time. In these instances, a prescription antibacterial mouthrinse will be given to replace brushing during initial healing.
Most people recover quickly after a tooth extraction, but following your dentist’s instructions is essential for a smooth and speedy recovery.
Tooth Replacement Options
Once your extraction site has healed, you may want to consider a tooth replacement option. Tooth replacement is not always necessary, but it can help restore your smile and improve your oral health.
Some of the most common tooth replacement options after an extraction include:
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
Talk to Dr. Butler and Dr. Riffel about which tooth replacement option might be right for you.
Extractions Made Easy at Mountainview Periodontics
You don’t have to worry about a thing – we’ll take care of everything for you at our state-of-the-art Parker, CO dental office. From providing information about the procedure to ensuring you are as comfortable as possible, we want you to feel confident in our ability to provide quality care.