Tooth Removal in Aspen and Basalt, CO
Tooth Removal Explained
Are you experiencing tooth pain? When teeth become decayed or damaged they often create consistent oral pain. Having a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but sometimes it’s the best way to treat a serious problem, prevent further complications, and maintain good oral health.
Wisdom tooth extraction is the most common form of removal, but teeth can also be pulled if they’re significantly damaged or to avoid overcrowding. Standard reasons for extraction include:
- Extensive damage from decay
- Severe trauma caused by an accident or blow to the head
- A primary tooth that fails to erupt in your gum line
It’s important to seek a consultation if you feel any discomfort to ensure the damage doesn’t impair your gums or neighboring teeth.
The Tooth Removal Process
Prior to extraction, your teeth will be examined to assess the level of damage. If your tooth is broken, severely decayed, or prompting issues with your gums and jawbone, it will likely be removed.
Our Basalt dentists will recommend an extraction plan depending on the position of your tooth and the reason for removal. To perform a simple extraction, special tools are used to lift or elevate the tooth from the socket without making incisions into the gum tissue.
More complex removals, including wisdom tooth removal, require incisions into the gum to make it easier to access the entire root. These extractions are performed using sedation to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the process.
Once the tooth is healed, Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach will discuss restoration options to fill the gap in your smile. We recommend dental implants as a permanent replacement option that look and function like natural teeth.
Tips for Post-Removal Care
After tooth removal, it is essential to maintain proper oral care to avoid infection and ensure the surgical site heals properly.
Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach recommend these helpful tips:
- Avoid using tobacco products
- Apply ice to minimize swelling
- Take pain medication, as necessary
- Avoid physical activity
- Eat soft foods for the first few days
- Rinse your mouth 5-6 times per day
Aftercare Instructions for Children
It’s important for children to rest and take proper aftercare precautions to avoid complications. We recommend providing them a relaxing environment, soft foods, and ice packs to reduce swelling.
Tooth Extraction Complications
With any procedure, there’s a risk of complications taking place during the recovery period. This can be a result of bacteria entering the extraction site, improper aftercare actions, or complications during the procedure.
Complications that may occur include:
- Nerve injury can occur during the procedure and cause short-term or long-term tingling sensations
- Infection is caused by bacteria and can result in pain and swelling
- Dry socket is the result of a blood clot becoming dislodged in the empty socket, causing severe pain and an unpleasant taste
If you experience any of these complications, contact our Basalt office so we can provide care to help the extraction site to heal properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a tooth extraction take?
It takes about 20-40 minutes to numb the area and complete the extraction process, depending on how many teeth are removed.
What do I do after a tooth extraction?
It’s crucial to rest during the first 24 hours after having your tooth removed to prevent infection. You should also eat soft foods and ice the area if it becomes inflamed.
How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?
You can eat within 24 hours of the procedure, but be sure to eat soft foods for at least the first few days.
How long after a tooth extraction can I smoke?
It’s important to wait at least 48 hours after the procedure to avoid dry socket or infection.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
It typically takes about a week to 10 days to recover from a tooth extraction.
What do I do if the site of my extraction is infected?
Your extraction site has a high risk of infection since bacteria exists in our foods and environment. If this occurs, rinse your mouth with saltwater and contact our office to get prescribed antibiotics.
Is a tooth extraction painful?
No, your mouth will be numbed so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the extraction.
Should I feel pain in the days after my tooth extraction?
It’s possible that your extraction site may feel sore for a few days following the procedure. If you experience any pain, take painkillers and ice the inflamed area.
Can a tooth extraction cause other teeth to hurt?
Teeth surrounding the extraction can become sore during recovery time, as your mouth contains many different nerves.
Visit Elevate Dental Wellness for Safe Tooth Removal
No matter the reason for your tooth removal, our team will go above and beyond to make it as painless and worry-free as possible. If you’re suffering from tooth pain, give us a call at (970) 279-5647 to discuss your options or fill out the form on this page. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach are ready to help alleviate your pain.