Tooth Extraction in Lafayette, CO
For the most part, just like your general dentist, our goal is to help you preserve your healthy teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes, though, teeth can become a problem and seriously affect both the health of your other teeth and even your overall health. In these situations, it’s important for those teeth to come out.
At Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can extract any tooth that has become a problem. General dentists in and around Lafayette, CO trust our practice to provide outstanding surgical care to their patients, including tooth extractions.
Why a Tooth Extraction May Be Necessary
Teeth can develop serious problems at any age, from childhood all the way through adulthood.
Impaction is a common problem that requires extraction. Teeth are described as impacted when they fail to properly erupt through the gum tissue. This might mean that they have only partially erupted (a common situation for wisdom teeth, or third molars) or they simply never broke through the gum tissue at all. Both problems increase your risk for infection and decay since it is impossible to properly clean impacted teeth.
Other reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary include:
- Retained teeth (teeth that remain in place after they should have fallen out naturally)
- Cysts or other growths
- Severe infection that has failed to respond to root canal therapy
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment or prosthetics, like dentures
Your Comfort and Safety Matter
Patients who need a tooth extracted often have a lot of questions, and the gist of most of these questions is, “Will it hurt?”
Your comfort is one of Dr. Hayes’s highest priorities. We provide anesthesia when necessary, and we can even provide sedation for children. In some cases, this may mean that treatment will be performed at the hospital.
Since we can effectively plan treatment using our advanced imaging techniques, we’ll be able to let you know what to expect. For most people, just knowing the plan is enough to help calm anxiety and fear! The compassionate nature of Dr. Hayes and our team and our commitment to your comfort also provides our patients with a great deal of reassurance.
Caring for Your Extraction Site
Dr. Hayes will provide you with all the details you need to properly care for the site following your procedure for the best possible healing and a minimal risk of discomfort or complication.
Some basics to keep in mind and plan for include:
- If you are prescribed medication, be sure to take the medication exactly as directed and ask Dr. Hayes or your pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Don’t probe the extraction site with your tongue – or anything else for that matter! It is likely to be tender, and you can dislodge the clot, which is necessary for proper healing.
- Eat soft foods while you are healing and avoid chewing on the same side of your mouth as your extraction site.
- Don’t drink liquids through a straw. The sucking action can dislodge the clot.
- If you smoke, please let us know. Smoking affects the rate of healing and, as with a drinking straw, the sucking action can dislodge the clot.
Call for Your Appointment
If your dentist has recommended an extraction, please ask for a referral to Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center. Not only will you be treated by an expert in the field, we can also help plan for the future and discuss replacement options if needed.