In Denver

Comforting Care

During Extractions

While keeping teeth is generally preferable for oral health, tooth removal — or extraction — is sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons.

Some of these reasons include:
  • Severe cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Infections
  • Trauma
  • Wisdom teeth complications
  • Preparation for orthodontic work
  • Preparation for dentures or implants
  • Baby teeth not falling out on their own

The Extraction Procedure

Our family dentist will start with a local anesthetic to numb the extraction area. To minimize anxiety, nitrous oxide may also be offered. 

Once numb, the extraction will begin. You should not feel any pain, but you will feel pressure against the tooth. Following the extraction, gauze will be placed over the site to control bleeding.


The first 24 hours after a tooth extraction are extremely important. Disturbing the area can keep blood clots from forming, which slows the healing process.

In the days following the extraction, you may experience some facial swelling. Applying ice to the face may help alleviate this. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may be taken to control any pain.

You should therefore avoid the following:
  • Touching the site with your tongue
  • Using a straw
  • Spitting
  • eating solid foods
  • Rinsing your mouth
  • Rinsing your mouth
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages or using mouthwash that contains alcohol
  • Smoking