Tooth Extraction Specialist

Carl F. Lipe DDS

General Dentistry located in Denver, CO

When your tooth is decayed, broken, or impacted, tooth extraction may be your only solution. Expert dentists Dr. Carl F. Lipe and Dr. Juliann Lyons keep you comfortable throughout your extraction procedure with a variety of anesthetic choices. If you live in Englewood, Aurora, Littleton, Commerce City, or Denver, call the friendly Denver Dental Implants staff to book a tooth extraction evaluation or do it yourself with the handy online form.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Carl F. Lipe DDS

Why do I need tooth extraction?

Sometimes your tooth is so decayed or broken that it can’t be saved by a root canal or other procedure and must be removed to preserve your oral health. You may also need a tooth extraction if your wisdom teeth have started to erupt, but can’t break through your gums or emerge without damaging your other teeth.

More rarely, your teeth may be so crowded that they can’t align properly. Dr. Lipe may remove one or more teeth so that the rest of your teeth can be straightened.

How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?

If your tooth warrants extraction, you’ll probably have symptoms. Signs and symptoms that you need an extraction may include:

  • Foul breath
  • A painful toothache
  • Badly broken or cracked tooth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth or teeth
  • Swollen or painful jaw
  • Trouble opening or moving jaw
  • Swollen or painful gums
  • Badly crowded teeth

Does tooth extraction hurt?

Depending on the extent of your oral surgery needs, you and your Denver Dental Implants dentist choose from local anesthesia, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia to control your pain.

You’ll be relaxed and calm. You shouldn’t feel anything except for pressure during your extraction.

Do I have to replace my extracted tooth or teeth?

Aside from aesthetic concerns, replacing extracted teeth is mandatory for oral health in most cases. Exceptions include extracted wisdom teeth or teeth that were extracted due to overcrowding.

If you have gaps in your gums left by a missing tooth, you could develop a range of complications in your gums and oral bones, including infections. Missing teeth also cause functional problems that can lead to indigestion, jaw pain or disorders, and the loss of other teeth.

How do I replace my tooth after tooth extraction?

The most natural replacement for an extracted tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants are placed in your gums and jaw, where they fuse to the bone. The implants are capped with a natural-looking dental crown that looks and acts like a real tooth.

If you had several teeth extracted, you might be interested in a dental bridge or dentures. Both bridges and dentures can be secured to dental implants for extra stability.

If you have tooth, gum, or jaw pain, visit Denver Dental Implants for an evaluation. Call the friendly staff, book an appointment online, or drop in during office hours for emergency dentistry.