INCLINE FAMILY DENTISTRY
Dr. Travis Barr of Incline Family Dentistry in Lakewood, Colorado, is committed to providing quality patient care. While the goal is always to preserve your natural teeth when possible, there are times that tooth extraction is necessary:
- Extreme tooth decay
- Other irreparable damage to a tooth
- To make room for orthodontic devices such as braces
- Removal of wisdom teeth
- Removal of impacted teeth
- To accommodate dentures
If you face the need for a dental extraction, we want you to be armed with the knowledge you need to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible.
Types of Extractions
Simple tooth extraction is when the tooth that must be removed is visible above the gumline. For teeth that have not yet erupted through the gum, surgical removal is required. Surgical extractions are commonly used to remove impacted teeth and wisdom teeth.
Will it hurt?
We always strive to make your visit with us as comfortable and pain-free as possible. To that end, the dentist will determine the best type of anesthetic or sedation for you, depending on the procedure required. For a simple extraction, the process is relatively simple and typically only requires local anesthesia. In cases of surgical removal, which are more involved, general anesthesia or sedation may be necessary.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Before you leave our office, the dentist review all the aftercare details with you to ensure proper healing.
Depending on the type of sedation you have, you may not be able to drive, so you will need to arrange in advance for a ride home.
After your extraction, you may experience some swelling in the area where the tooth was removed. Gently applying a cold compress to the city for a few minutes at a time can help reduce swelling.
For mild pain and discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication or the pain medication the dentist prescribed for you.
Eating soft foods is a good idea until your gums heal.
We may have you return to the office for a quick checkup to make sure your extraction site is healing as it should. The length and nature of recovery will depend on the type of extraction you have.
Call Today for Your Appointment
To learn more about the extraction process or to schedule an appointment, call us today at Incline Family Dentistry.