At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, our experienced team works hard to help
patients keep their natural smiles. However, in some cases, removing a tooth
is actually the best route to preserve oral health and function. Men and women
in Colorado Springs can trust the caring team at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design
to perform safe, comfortable extractions when necessary. We also have a range
of tooth replacement options to fully restore your smile after a dental
extraction. To learn more about tooth removals, do not hesitate to
contact us online or
When Tooth Removal Is Recommended
We only recommend dental extraction when absolutely necessary. Serious oral
health situations that may require tooth removal include:
- Severely decayed or damaged teeth that cannot be repaired
- Teeth that are impacted, unable to erupt
- To prepare crowded teeth for orthodontic treatment
- When baby teeth do not fall out naturally own their own
- Wisdom teeth that caused crowding or are unable to erupt
One or two teeth may need to be removed to ensure the long-term success of
partial or full dentures.
How Are Teeth Removed?
The most common tooth extraction procedures are “pulling” or
surgical removal. During an initial consultation with Dr. Gasper or Dr.
Orban, they will examine your mouth and decide which procedure is best
suited for you. Regardless, you can rest assured that your tooth removal
will be as comfortable as possible thanks to our full range of dental
Overview of tooth removal procedures:
Pulling – This procedure is only possible if your
tooth has fully erupted from your gums. Your dentist will use a metal
clasping tool to grab ahold of the tooth and gently shift it back and
forth until it breaks free from the gum line.
Surgical extraction – This procedure is typically
used when pulling is not possible. Surgical extraction often involves
cutting away the gums to reveal more of the tooth. In more complicated
instances, it may also involve drilling into the bone tissue or breaking
the tooth into smaller sections and then removing them one by one.
The Extraction Recovery Process
You may experience some slight bleeding, swelling and discomfort immediately
following your tooth removal. However, any inflammation or discomfort should
substantially diminish over the course of about a week. If your pain or
swelling persists longer than a week or actually increases, do not hesitate
to give us a call right away.
To help speed up the recovery process, follow these tips:
- Rest up for the first 48 hours following the procedure
Avoid chewing near the extraction site and stick to eating very soft foods
for the first few days after treatment
Do not rinse, spit or use a straw for 24 hours after the procedure, as
this could dislodge the blood clot that forms over the extraction site
- Avoid smoking
Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist and apply a cold pack for
ten minutes at a time, as needed
After 24 hours, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help
clean the area
Why It’s Important to Replace an Extracted Tooth
At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, we provide a full range of tooth
replacement options to restore your smile after a dental extraction.
Replacing missing teeth is important for many reasons, such as:
Bone Loss – Without tooth roots to provide
stimulation, your jawbone can slowly erode away.
Shifting Teeth – Your remaining teeth may drift
into the space left by a removed tooth, leading to bite problems and oral
Difficulty Eating – Missing teeth can make it more
difficult to eat many healthy foods.
Speech Problems – Missing teeth can cause you to
slur, spit or whistle when talking.