They may be extracted if teeth are decayed, infected, or causing pain due to gum disease. Tooth extractions are a routine procedure and the minor surgical procedure we perform at Cortez Dental. Patients of all ages come to us for this procedure when teeth need to be pulled for any reason! The most common reasons for removing a tooth are because it is severely decayed or broken beyond repair, causing crowding in the mouth, or is generally unhealthy.

Extractions are performed to keep the mouth healthy and free of infection. Healthy teeth can be moved back into position after the tooth has been pulled. After the removal, the gum is sutured closed for healing. A dental restoration may be necessary to replace the missing tooth structure.

The Procedure for Extractions

A tooth is first loosened from the gum and bone tissue surrounding it when extracted. Sometimes an X-ray is required to determine the exact location of the tooth in the bone. Once the dentist is sure that the tooth can be safely removed, he will use forceps to gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments holding it in place. Sometimes, they may break it into several pieces to more easily remove it. If the tooth was deeply impacted or has not yet fully erupted through the gum line, the dentist may remove some of the surrounding bone so that it does not block the eruption of a replacement tooth. In this case, the patient may need stitches to close the opening in the gum line. After the procedure, patients may experience pain and swelling around the the affected area. The dentist will prescribe pain medication to alleviate this discomfort. Additionally, they may recommend a special mouthwash or salt water rinse to keep the area clean and promote faster healing.

The Benefits of Dental Extractions

Relief from Pain and Discomfort

Extracting a severely decayed or damaged tooth can alleviate chronic pain and discomfort. Teeth that are affected by extensive decay, infection, or trauma can cause persistent toothaches and sensitivity. Removing the problematic tooth eliminates the source of pain, providing immediate relief.

Resolution of Infections

In cases of severe tooth decay or dental infections, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of disease. If a tooth infection is left untreated, it can lead to abscess formation, which can be painful and potentially cause systemic health complications. Extracting the infected tooth can help prevent the infection from spreading to nearby teeth or affecting other body areas.

After a dental extraction, we must follow post-operative care instructions provided by our dentist to promote healing and minimize any potential complications. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569.

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