Got a damaged tooth in Pueblo that’s causing you a lot of pain or discomfort, or a wisdom tooth that’s not growing into your mouth properly? At Rocky Mountain Dental Co., Dr. Dave can extract your troublesome teeth and provide you with the relief you need. Contact us at 719-544-7672 for an appointment and more details.
As the name implies, this is the simplest type of tooth extraction. This treatment is used to remove teeth that have fully erupted from your gums, such as a severely infected or damaged tooth that can’t be saved, or a tooth that has been damaged by severe gum disease.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Dave will numb your mouth and clean the treatment area. Then, he will use a special tool called a dental elevator to loosen the root of the tooth. Once he has completed this process, he will grab it with a pair of dental forceps and gently pull it out of the socket.
Dr. Dave will then clean the area and disinfect it to prevent infection, and suture the socket shut to ensure it heals properly. The process only takes about 5 minutes, and will be repeated if you require multiple extractions.
Wisdom tooth extractions may be required if your wisdom teeth don’t grow into your mouth properly. In most patients, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17-25. They are a natural part of the mouth, but many people simply don’t have enough space in their mouths to accommodate them. Because of this, they can cause complications.
The wisdom teeth may not erupt completely, which is known as impacted wisdom teeth. They could grow in sideways which can crowd your other teeth. If your wisdom teeth are not erupting properly, it’s usually a good idea to have them extracted. However, not everyone requires wisdom tooth extraction. To find out if you should have your wisdom teeth removed, contact Rocky Mountain Dental Co. for a consultation.
If you have one or more severely damaged teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or an oral injury, you’re a good candidate for tooth extraction. Tooth extraction may also be required to prepare for other treatments, such as dentures, dental implants, and even certain orthodontics. To see if your tooth needs to be extracted, we recommend consulting with Dr. Dave.
It takes about 2 weeks to completely heal from your extraction. You’ll likely experience some minor pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and bleeding for 1-3 days after the procedure, and you will need to eat mostly soft foods for about a week. Typically, after 5-7 days, your symptoms should subside somewhat, and you'll be able to resume eating a mostly normal diet. After 2 weeks, the treatment area will have healed completely.
Dr. Dave will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions after your procedure. Follow them to ensure your mouth heals properly, and to avoid common post-operative complications like dry socket.