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Tooth Extractions In Colorado Springs, CO

The Benefits Of Extractions

Tooth extractions are a last resort at Tuttle Family Dentistry, but they do have some benefits. While we always try to save your tooth, tooth extractions do have some benefits. With an extraction, you can get relief from your pain and discomfort immediately, which can be a good thing if you have a tooth that is causing you a great deal of pain or discomfort.

Extractions also can help prevent further complications. Extracting a severely infected tooth, for example, can help prevent the infection from spreading elsewhere in your body. In addition, there are a lot of great options for restoring extracted teeth, such as dental implants, dental bridges, and partial dentures, so Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle can help you restore your smile after an extraction. Give us a call if you are located in Colorado Springs! 

Basic & Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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Basic Extractions

Basic or “simple” extractions are done for fully-erupted teeth that are severely damaged, decayed, or must be removed for any other reason. In this process, the tooth is wiggled loose using special dental tools, then pulled out using dental forceps. The area is then cleaned and sutured shut so that it heals properly.

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

While the wisdom teeth are a natural part of your mouth, they sometimes don’t grow in properly, or your mouth may not have room for them. When they grow in between the ages of 17-25, they may cause problems with the surrounding teeth. If this happens, they must be extracted. Contact us for a consultation and to see if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

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Healing & Aftercare

Regardless of the type of extraction you get, your healing and aftercare instructions will be similar. You will need to carefully follow this set of instructions provided by Dr. Tuttle or Dr. Colt in order to ensure your mouth heals properly.

You’ll need to do things like eat mostly soft foods for at least a week, avoid using straws or spitting forcefully for 24-48 hours, and avoid heavy exercise for a few days after your treatment. Follow their instructions to the letter to ensure your mouth heals quickly.

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Sedation Available For All Extractions

At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we always prioritize your safety and comfort, which is why we offer both nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation for your extraction appointment. Sedation, along with local numbing, ensures you won’t feel any discomfort, and can feel safe and comfortable while you get the care you need in Colorado Springs. Contact us now to learn more about your sedation options! 

The Removal Process

Before determining that your tooth should be extracted, you’ll come in for a consultation with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle. An oral exam will be performed to look at the health of your teeth and gums and x-rays will be taken to look at the extent of the damage. This can tell us if the tooth can be saved or needs to be extracted.

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Basic Extractions

For a basic extraction, we’ll administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Then, we’ll use a tool called a dental elevator to loosen the tooth in the socket, rocking it back and forth. By the time we’re done with this step, the tooth’s ligaments (and nerves) will be completely severed and we can gently remove it with forceps. There are typically no sutures required for this type of extraction.

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

We will begin the procedure by administering anesthesia. Typically surgical extractions also require a higher level of sedation such as IV sedation or general anesthesia, where the patient is not conscious during the procedure.
We will then make an incision into the gums to reveal the tooth. We may need to cut additional bone to gain access to the tooth. The tooth is typically sectioned, meaning cut into smaller fragments before being extracted. From here, the teeth are extracted in the same way as basic extractions. However, we will suture the socket closed.

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Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Considered Urgent?

Wisdom teeth removal is only considered urgent if your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing problems such as tooth pain, infection, damage to your other teeth, bleeding, swelling, jaw pain, sensitivity, or fever. 

If you have any of these symptoms, you should have your wisdom teeth removed right away in an emergency dental appointment. When the teeth are impacted, they aren’t able to completely erupt through the gums. This can cause pain and trap bacteria in gum pockets that lead to infection.

For an emergency removal, contact us at Tuttle Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle.