Whether you have a wisdom tooth that’s growing in improperly, a serious tooth infection, or require tooth extraction for orthodontic purposes, Dr. O’Grady offers gentle tooth extractions in Denver. With powerful numbing agents and sedation available, we can keep you comfortable throughout the entire process and provide you with the care you need.
The most common reason for tooth removal is problematic wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in improperly, they can become “impacted”, which means that they are unable to erupt from the gum line. This can cause a high risk of a dental abscess as well as other unpleasant symptoms like headaches, inflammation, and more. Extraction is recommended to deal with these symptoms.
Teeth may also need to be extracted if they have been seriously damaged by periodontal disease or tooth decay. Saving your natural tooth is always preferred but is not always possible, so the extraction and replacement of the tooth may be the best alternative in some cases. In some cases, teeth may be removed for orthodontic purposes or to prepare for a future dental procedure, such as the placement of full-arch dentures or a dental implant.
The process of a basic extraction is incredibly simple, and the procedure usually takes only about 5 minutes per tooth. First, Dr. O’Grady will clean and prepare your mouth, and numb the treatment area. Sedation may also be administered if you feel that it will make you more comfortable. Then, your tooth will be loosened in its socket and pulled out with specialized dental tools.
In some cases, such as when a wisdom tooth is impacted (not fully erupted from the gum), a basic extraction may not be appropriate and a surgical extraction may be necessary. During this procedure, Dr. O’Grady will make an incision into your gum line in order to remove your tooth. While this procedure is more complex than a basic extraction, it is also completely pain-free. This is also the best way to remove a troublesome tooth that has not erupted properly.
While wisdom teeth are a natural part of our bodies, most of us do not have enough space in our mouths to accommodate them. This means that when they emerge between the ages of 17-25, they often grow in incorrectly. Even if they grow in properly, they can ruin the alignment of your teeth or your bite, particularly if you have had orthodontics.
Some patients have enough room to accommodate their wisdom teeth without any trouble, but most people do not. For this reason, it’s usually recommended that you have them removed. To learn more, schedule a consultation at OG Dental in Sunnyside, Highland and Denver right away.
Tooth extractions are often used to remove teeth that have been seriously damaged by oral trauma, such as a slip and fall or a car accident, or teeth that have been damaged by gum disease or tooth decay. If the tooth cannot be saved, it’s usually better to extract it and replace it with a denture or another type of dental prosthesis.
The process of having a dental prosthesis may require you to have one or more teeth removed. If your tooth is seriously damaged but has not fallen out, it will need to be extracted before you can have a dental implant, partial denture, or dental bridge placed.
In addition, tooth extractions are always required if you are getting a full set of dentures to replace all of your teeth. Your dentures have to fit perfectly over your gums, which means that all of your remaining teeth must be extracted before you can get a set of full dentures.
Tooth extraction is also sometimes required for some orthodontic patients. If you are getting orthodontic treatment and have a very small, crowded mouth, for example, your dentist may recommend extracting several of your teeth so that your remaining teeth will fit into your mouth properly.
It usually takes about 2 weeks to completely heal from a tooth extraction. During the first 24-72 hours after your treatment, you will experience the most pain, bleeding, swelling and inflammation.
During this time, avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth forcefully to ensure that you do not dislodge your blood clot, which could cause a complication called “dry socket.” You’ll also need to avoid heavy exertion, eat a mostly liquid and soft food-based diet, and avoid brushing the extraction site for several days. You can rinse your mouth gently to clean it after about 12-24 hours.
After about a week, you will likely be able to eat most of your favorite foods again, and your socket will feel much less tender to the touch. It should not be bleeding, and swelling and bruising should begin to resolve. It takes about 2 weeks for the bone and gum tissue to completely regrow over the socket. Tenderness, if present, will be extremely minimal.
If you experience serious pain and discomfort within 1-2 weeks of extraction, contact Dr. O’Grady and inform him about the issue so he can take care of it right away.
This depends on a number of different factors, such as the number of teeth you’re having extracted, whether any of them require a specialized surgical extraction, your preferences for sedation, and your overall oral health. The best way to find out how much a tooth extraction will cost in Sunnyside, Highland or anywhere else in Denver is to come to OG Dental for an appointment. We can assess your need for tooth extraction and provide you with an estimate for the procedure, then get started with your treatment plan right away.