Get Help With Troublesome Teeth
Extractions are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed and cannot be salvaged. Another reason for tooth extraction is because it is necessary to perform some other treatment, like creating space for orthodontics to straighten the teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth are recommended to be removed because they are typically causing problems due to a lack of space in the mouth. This will only continue to cause you pain and infection.
A basic tooth extraction is a method of extracting a visible tooth above the gum line This means that it’s not impacted and has fully erupted above the gum line. This can apply to your regular set of 28 teeth as well as the wisdom teeth if they were able to fully erupt without becoming impacted.
Wisdom teeth commonly require extraction because there is a lack of jaw space to fit in the mouth properly without causing problems. Your teeth may erupt at an angle, they may be completely impacted in the gums and unable to break through at all, or they may be causing overcrowding and running into the surrounding teeth.
This can cause tooth and jaw pain, tooth infections, decay, damage to your surrounding teeth, and orthodontic problems. If we suspect that your teeth are going to cause problems or they’re currently impacted, we will recommend removing them. Impacted teeth are surgically removed because an incision needs to be made into the gums to reveal the tooth that is impacted in the gums.
To remove fully erupted teeth, all we need to do is loosen them in the socket with a dental elevator and then pull them out with forceps. This is not painful because we administer local anesthesia to numb you and we completely loosen the tooth before grabbing it with forceps.
No sutures are typically needed. However, if the tooth is impacted, we will need to make a surgical incision into the gums to reveal the hidden or obscured tooth. Additional bone may also be cut to get full access to the tooth.
The tooth is then sectioned, which means to cut into very small fragments, and is then removed in the same manner as a basic extraction. We will then suture the gums.
This can vary from person to person depending on the extraction type, location of the tooth, and how well someone followed aftercare instructions. However, on average, a basic tooth extraction takes about 3 to 4 weeks to heal, while a surgical extraction takes slightly longer. You must carefully follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to avoid getting dry socket or infection. This will delay your healing.
If you need an extraction, contact us at Alliance Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with a Colorado Springs dentist today.