WHAT IS TOOTH EXTRACTION?
At R. Asher Henegar, D.D.S., P.A., our goal is to conserve and maintain your natural teeth; however, there are cases in which a tooth or teeth may have to be extracted. A simple extraction removes a tooth that is visible over the gumline. This is generally done for a tooth that’s decayed or damaged beyond repair. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline. Surgical extractions are most commonly performed to remove impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, that do not have sufficient room to fit into your mouth. Regardless of the reason for needing an extraction, dentist Dr. Asher Henegar will do his best to create a pleasant treatment and healthy outcome. Our Colorado Springs, CO office offers multiple sedation methods, including nitrous oxide so you can remain comfortable and calm throughout your treatment. Contact our staff to find out more or to schedule an examination with Dr. Henegar to improve your oral health.
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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
Tooth extractions are performed in our office using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being removed. Other kinds of sedation may be used based on the extent of the extraction or to help you stay relaxed if you have some dental worries. For a simple extraction, Dr. Henegar will loosen up the tooth with a special device known as an elevator before removal. A surgical extraction is a little more elaborate and involves making incisions into your gums to reach the tooth. If necessary, the tooth may be broken into smaller pieces so that it can be taken out. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Henegar will stitch the incision in your gums. Depending upon the anesthesia used throughout your extraction, you may need to have an adult drive you home. As your gums heal, you should avoid smoking, spitting, and using straws. Most patients want to eat soft, cool food for the first couple of days following the procedure. Cold compresses can also help relieve any inflammation. Dr. Henegar will give you more details on what to expect during your recovery, if a prescription is necessary, and the best ways to care for your mouth during and after the healing process.
TOOTH EXTRACTIONS FAQ
When do you need a tooth extraction?
In general, a tooth is extracted (removed) when the tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair, meaning that a root canal, filling, or other restorative dental procedure isn’t recommended.
Does a tooth extraction hurt?
Whether your tooth extraction is simple or more involved, Dr. Henegar offers multiple anesthetic and sedation options to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Before he begins, Dr. Henegar will numb the treatment area with an anesthetic. Sedation options can include nitrous oxide, which helps to keep you calm and relaxed the entire time. After the extraction, some soreness and discomfort may be experienced as your mouth heals, but this can be alleviated with cold compresses, pain relievers, and pain medications if prescribed.
How long does a tooth extraction usually take?
A typical tooth extraction can take about 20 – 45 minutes.
How long is recovery after a tooth extraction?
Dr. Henegar will go over what you’ll need to do during the recovery period during your consultation and post-procedure. He recommends that someone drive you home after your appointment. Typically, most patients will need to take it easy for 48 – 72 hours after their extraction before resuming normal activities. Smoking, spitting, and using straws are not recommended so your gums can properly heal. Eating soft and cool foods for the first few days after your procedure is recommended. Typically, it can take about 3 – 4 weeks for the gums to completely heal after a tooth extraction.
Plan your Procedure
$ Average Cost $300 – $1,800
Recovery Time 1 – 2 Weeks
How Long It Takes 1 – 2 Hours
Follow Up Time 2 – 3 Days
GET RELIEF FROM DAMAGED TEETH
If you have a tooth that’s damaged or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a tooth extraction in R. Asher Henegar, D.D.S., P.A. can help improve your smile and oral health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Henegar at his Colorado Springs, CO office to find out more about simple and surgical extractions. Most insurance companies will cover some extractions at least in part so we can reach out to your insurance carrier to ascertain your specific coverage and estimate your costs. We also offer numerous payment methods and can help with low-interest medical financing. If you have dental worries or fears, inquire about sedation options to help you stay calm and relaxed during your procedure.