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.