Tooth Extractions

In some cases, it is in your best interest to have a tooth removed. We work to make tooth extractions as easy as possible so you can focus on recovering quickly.

Tooth Extractions in Denver, CO

At Smile Studio Dental, we always strive to help you keep your teeth in good condition. However, there may be certain situations where a tooth extraction becomes necessary to ensure your long-term oral health. While tooth extractions are typically a fast process, proper recovery is crucial.

To encourage a smooth healing process, we take great care in controlling the bleeding immediately after the tooth extraction procedure. To do this, we will ask you to bite down on a gauze pad for a period of 30 to 45 minutes. This will help form a blood clot which is essential for proper healing. It is important not to disturb the blood clot for the next 24 hours.

Refrain from sucking through straws, as this could lead to a dry socket.

If you experience swelling, we recommend placing an ice pack on the outer cheek. Once the swelling has subsided, a warm compress can be used for comfort. You can also gently rinse your mouth with salt water to clean the extraction area.

  • What are the reasons for tooth extraction?


    1. Severe Decay or Damage: When a tooth is extensively decayed or damaged and cannot be restored with fillings or crowns, extraction may be the only viable option to prevent further complications.
    2. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often become impacted due to lack of space in the jaw. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth, necessitating extraction.
    3. Orthodontic Treatment: In cases of severe crowding or misalignment, tooth extraction may be necessary to create space for proper alignment of the remaining teeth during orthodontic treatment.
    4. Infection: If a tooth develops a severe infection (abscess) that cannot be treated with root canal therapy or antibiotics, extraction may be required to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding tissues.
    5. Periodontal Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to loosening of teeth. In some cases, extraction may be necessary to preserve overall gum health and prevent further deterioration.
    6. Fractured Teeth: Teeth that are fractured beyond repair may need to be extracted to prevent pain and potential infection.
    7. Preparation for Dentures: Individuals getting dentures may require extracting remaining natural teeth that are not salvageable or creating space for the dentures to fit properly.
  • How long does it take to extract a tooth?

    The duration of a tooth extraction procedure can vary depending on several factors, including the extraction’s complexity, the tooth’s location, and the patient’s circumstances. A straightforward tooth extraction typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes. This includes the time for preparation, numbing the area with local anesthesia, loosening and removing the tooth, and providing aftercare instructions.

    However, more complex extractions, such as impacted wisdom teeth or teeth with multiple roots, may take up to 45 minutes to an hour or more. Additionally, if there are any complications during the procedure, such as difficulty in accessing the tooth or unexpected challenges in removal, it may extend the duration of the extraction.

    After your initial consultation, we would be happy to let you know how much time we estimate your extraction to take.

  • How do I prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    After a tooth extraction, a blood clot forms shortly following the surgery, initiating the healing process in your body. If this blood clot dislodges before your mouth fully recovers, it can lead to discomfort, known as a dry socket.

    To prevent dry sockets, consider the following tips:

    1. Refrain from using straws or engaging in activities that create suction or significant air movement.
    2. Avoid smoking tobacco, as the rapid inhalation can dislodge the blood clot and the chemicals may hinder healing or cause infection.
    3. Stick to soft foods, such as applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes, for the initial one or two days.
    4. Consult about your medications to ensure they do not interfere with healing.
    5. Maintain proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean, and consider using an antibacterial mouthwash.
    6. Adhere to your doctor’s instructions regarding oral care to enhance recovery time.
  • What can I eat after tooth extraction?

    It’s important to stick to soft foods for the first couple of days following your tooth extraction. You don’t want to disturb the blood clot that has formed, so some foods you can eat are:

    • Applesauce
    • Yogurt
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Jello
    • Pudding
    • Ice cream

More Questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office or schedule an appointment online, and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Denver, CO, 80238
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