Dental Extractions

An extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. A tooth extraction is usually pretty simple, and can most often be performed quickly and while you are awake. Local anesthetic injections will be used to help manage any pain you may experience.

Reasons For Extraction

  • Infection: If decay inside a tooth reaches the pulp, – the center of the tooth that contains all the blood vessels and nerves – bacteria can then enter the pulp and can cause an infection. This infection can usually be taken care of by receiving a root canal. However, sometimes the infection is too severe or a root canal does not cure it. In these cases, extraction can be the only way to stop the spread of the infection to your other teeth or to your jaw.
  • Crowding: Sometimes, in preparation for braces, a tooth will need to be pulled. Your braces may not work correctly if your teeth are too large for your mouth.
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease: If gum disease, which is an infection of the soft tissues of the mouth, has caused significant loosening of your tooth, it may need to be taken out completely.

Before Orthodontic Treatment

If a tooth is recommended for extraction, it is recommended by Dr. Lockett to extract the tooth before orthodontic treatment.

At the time of your procedure, you general dentist will thoroughly numb the area around your tooth with a local anesthetic, making sure to numb the tooth itself, the surrounding gums, and your jawbone.

During the extraction, you will most likely feel a lot of pressure. In order to loosen the tooth for removal, it will be firmly rocked back and forth. But because of the anesthetic, you should not feel any pain during this process, just the pressure.

However, there can be complications relating to the roots of your tooth, the shape of your tooth or the tooth’s position, all of which should be apparent once your X-Rays have been viewed.

After the extraction is complete you'll be ready for orthodontic care. Dr. Lockett will be excited to work with you in reaching your oral goals. Located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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