Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from the oral cavity. It is often a straightforward process that is performed after numbing the area using a local anesthetic injection.
At Ralston Creek Dentistry, we try all possible means to save your teeth but perform an extraction only when teeth cannot be recovered.
When the patient's tooth to be extracted is easily visible and has roots easily removable, it is called a simple extraction. A simple extraction can be performed by a general dentist as a routine procedure and doesn't need the service of an oral surgeon.
During a simple extraction process, the dentist will hold and loosen the tooth using a dental elevator and pull it out with the help of forceps.
A surgical extraction is needed if the patient's tooth is impacted or is not grown straight or broken off at the gum line. During a surgical extraction, an incision is made into the patient's gum, and the tooth is extracted by removing some bone around the tooth or by cutting it in half if needed.
A patient may require a tooth extraction in the following situations:
After tooth extraction, it is vital to follow a few instructions to take good care of your oral health.
After one to two weeks, new bone and the gum tissue will grow over the extraction site. However, having a missing tooth can affect your bite and overall oral health. So, you can take your time discussing with your doctor about replacing the missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture.
If you would like to know more about tooth extraction, give us a call at (303) 4222502, or visit us at Ralston Creek Dental, 10229 W 58th Ave, Arvada, CO 80002.