Colorado Springs Tooth Extractions
General & Emergency Dental Care
Do you have a tooth that’s damaged or infected and needs to be removed? Dr. Thanik at Hill Dentistry provides tooth extractions when your tooth is corrupted beyond reasonable repair. When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled or extracted. Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth pulled will experience little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.
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Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical or injectable anesthetic such as Novocain. Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic and, at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn’t occur. During your post-operative period, we strongly urge our patients to drink liquids through straws because they promote healing and can stop the wound from opening up. Cold compresses may also be applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area to reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.
We also recommend that you avoid the following to ensure successful results:
- Brushing and rinsing vigorously
- Drinking alcohol
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems. If wisdom teeth are causing a problem, this could mean that they are impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. However, symptoms are easy to spot and can include severe discomfort, inflammation, and other kinds of infections. Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one’s ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:
- Facial swelling
- Gum swelling
Contact us online or call (719) 470-2522 for more information on our tooth extraction procedures and how we can assist you. We serve the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.