Getting a tooth pulled isn’t something patients typically look forward to. But the big appointment doesn’t need to be anxiety-inducing. Focus on the positive results of the procedure in order to anticipate it in a more comfortable way. After your extraction, you may have more room in your mouth for orthodontic treatment, be rid of an infected tooth, or have prevented potential dental problems. Plus, with proper sedation, some research, and open communication with your dentist, you’ll feel fully prepared for your extraction. Read on to learn a few details about the procedure and familiarize yourself with your upcoming oral surgery.
Your Dental Extraction Procedure
Depending on the tooth being extracted, your procedure may differ slightly from the one we’ll detail here. Talk to Dr. Hargreaves or a member of our staff before your appointment to get the specifics for your extraction.
- Prior to your extraction, we will take x-rays and determine the plan of attack. Extractions are performed when no other option is possible, as dentistry strives to conserve your natural teeth.
- Dr. Hargreaves will also discuss your anesthesia and sedation beforehand so that you may be prepared. You may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain amount of time leading up to your appointment. If you’re sedated, you will need to arrange a ride to and from your extraction.
- Once you have arrived, we will administer the appropriate sedation and anesthesia. You will not feel pain or anxiety during your extraction, just pressure.
- For simple extractions, the tooth will be loosened with an elevator, and then removed with forceps.
- For surgical extractions, Dr. Hargreaves will make an incision to access the tooth. It will then be removed, and the area stitched closed.
- Post-appointment, you will have specific, personal healing instructions. Follow these closely for safe and clean healing.
Having A Tooth Extracted
Our Denver team is available throughout the process to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with any concerns!