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If you’re in Loveland Lakes and have a tooth that may need to be removed, Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry is here to help. Whether your tooth is infected, has been damaged by an oral injury, or you have a wisdom tooth that’s causing you pain and discomfort, Dr. Marlor is here to help. Contact us today for an appointment.


Why Would I need an extraction?

The most common reason is that your wisdom tooth is not growing into your mouth properly. Take a look at the next section of this page for in-depth information about wisdom teeth extractions.

A tooth may also need to be removed if it has been damaged by oral trauma, uncontrolled tooth decay, or gum disease. We will always try to save your tooth, but some teeth may be too unhealthy or damaged to be restored, and may require extraction and replacement.

Teeth may also need to be extracted to prepare for another dental procedure. For example, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted to get dental implants or dentures. In some cases, tooth extraction is also recommended during orthodontic treatment to create more space in your mouth. 

Do i need a wisdom tooth extraction

The wisdom teeth grow into our mouths between the ages of 17-25. They are our last set of molars and are a natural part of our mouths. Unfortunately, though, most people do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate a third set of molars. This is particularly true of patients who have had orthodontic treatment.

Because of this, the wisdom teeth may grow into your mouth improperly and may cause your other teeth to shift or move, impacting your oral health. For these reasons, many patients opt to have their wisdom teeth removed once they start to emerge. 

Not sure if you need your wisdom teeth to be removed? Some of the most common signs that you may need a wisdom tooth extraction include pain and irritation in the rear of your mouth, swelling of the gums around your rear teeth, and pain or stiffness in your jaw. If you recognize any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation at Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry as soon as possible.

Understanding the Process

At our office, we provide basic extractions and wisdom teeth extractions for erupted wisdom teeth. The process of tooth extraction is actually quite simple, and it only takes a few minutes to treat each tooth.

First, Dr. Marlor will numb your mouth and clean the treatment area. You can also be sedated if you wish, so you can feel more comfortable throughout your treatment. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Marlor will use a dental elevator to move your tooth around in its socket and loosen the root.

Once the tooth’s root has been loosened properly, Dr. Marlor will grab your tooth with a set of dental forceps, and pull it out by the root. Then, the area will be disinfected, cleaned and sutured shut to promote healing. This process will be repeated for each tooth that requires extraction. 

does an extraction hurt?

Whether you require a simple or complex (surgical) extraction, the team at Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry will ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. We use modern techniques and tools to reduce the invasiveness of tooth extractions, as well as numbing and sedation. With dental sedation, you can remain completely calm and comfortable throughout your procedure. 

However, it is important to note that you may experience some pain and discomfort as you begin to heal and recover from your extraction. Once your numbing and sedation begin to wear off after your extraction procedure, you’re likely to feel some pain and tenderness around the extraction site.

Make sure to follow the extractions provided by Dr. Marlor to ensure your mouth heals quickly. Your pain and discomfort will usually peak and then begin to fade after 1-2 days, though this may depend on the specifics of your case.

If you are still experiencing significant pain or discomfort up to 1-2 weeks after your extraction, this is not normal, and could indicate a complication with your extraction. You should contact Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry to schedule a follow-up right away. 

Do I need to replace my missing tooth?

This depends on why your tooth was removed. The answer is usually “yes,” unless you have had a wisdom tooth extracted. Wisdom teeth are not essential for your bite or your smile, and there’s no need to replace them after you have them extracted. 

However, you definitely need to replace any other missing tooth as soon as you can. Typically, Dr. Marlor will discuss your options for replacing a missing tooth before or after your extraction. Depending on the situation and your budget, he may suggest a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a dental implant.

It’s important to replace your missing tooth as soon as you can. There are a few reasons for this. First, once you’ve lost a tooth, the surrounding teeth will tend to shift toward the area in an attempt to close up the gap caused by your missing tooth. This can cause issues with your bite and teeth alignment.

In addition, losing one or more teeth can make it harder to eat your favorite foods and live your normal day-to-day life. You may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your appearance, particularly if you’ve lost one of your front teeth. For these reasons, we recommend replacing your missing tooth as soon as you can.

How Long does it take to recover from an extraction?

Most patients will fully recover from a tooth extraction in 1-2 weeks. During your post-surgery recovery period, Dr. Marlor will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions that you will need to follow to avoid complications, speed up the healing process, and minimize your pain and discomfort. 

You’ll need to take a number of different steps, such as avoiding exercise for 2-3 days after treatment, not using a straw or spitting forcefully for a few days, taking special precautions when cleaning your mouth, and eating a diet of mostly soft foods. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure you recover as quickly as possible from your tooth extraction.

Does It Hurt to Get a Tooth Extraction?

No. During the tooth extraction procedure, your mouth will be completely numb. Dr. Marlor will numb the treatment area deeply to ensure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. At Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry, you’ll feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire extraction process.

Do I Need to Replace My Missing Tooth?

Unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth pulled, the answer is “yes.” If you lose one of your teeth, you should have it replaced as soon as possible at Loveland Lakes Family Dentistry. There are a lot of reasons for this.

The most obvious reason is that losing a tooth, especially if it’s a front tooth, can make you feel embarrassed about your appearance, and it may negatively affect how others perceive you. Losing one or more teeth can also affect your speech and your ability to bite into your favorite foods.

Losing a tooth also has some major oral health consequences. Once your tooth has been pulled, the teeth near the extraction site will start to shift toward the empty socket where your tooth used to be. This is because the teeth are trying to fill the gap left by your missing tooth. When your teeth shift like this, this may ruin your bite alignment and cause one or more teeth to become crooked, which is not a good thing.

In addition, losing a tooth will lead to bone loss in the jaw bone below the socket where the tooth used to be. The only way to prevent this is with a dental implant. Dental implants, just like natural teeth, can stimulate the jaw bone when you bite and chew, sending pressure into the jaw and preventing bone loss. Other restorative treatments like dentures and dental bridges won’t help with this issue, so dental implants are usually considered to be better for your long-term oral health.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Tooth Extraction?

The total recovery period for tooth extraction is usually between 1-2 weeks, though some patients may need more time for their extraction site to fully heal. In general, you will experience the most pain and discomfort during the first 1-2 days after your procedure.

During this time, you will need to be careful when cleaning near the extraction site and avoid spitting forcefully or using a straw, otherwise, you could damage or dislodge the blood clot, causing a complication called “dry socket” which can be very painful.

After a few days, symptoms like bleeding, bruising, pain, and swelling should start to recede somewhat. You will usually come back to our office for a follow-up about a week after your treatment to ensure your mouth is healing properly.

About two weeks after your surgery, new bone and gum tissue should have formed in the extraction site, which should feel completely normal, though it may be a bit tender if you put a lot of pressure on it.

Throughout the entire recovery process, you’ll want to make sure that you follow Dr. Marlor’s instructions. Doing so will speed up your healing, reduce your risk of complications, and help minimize your pain and discomfort.

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