Tooth Extractions

Man Smiling After Wisdom Teeth Removal - The Fort Collins DentistDo you have a wisdom tooth that is causing you pain? Are you experiencing severe tooth decay? Our tooth extraction services are tailored to your needs so you can get rid of your pain and get back to your life.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Are your wisdom teeth bothering you? These four extra teeth are leftover from our ancestors, who may have needed extra teeth at one time. Now that humans don’t lose their teeth as often, we don’t need our wisdom teeth.

When wisdom teeth start to come in they can overcrowd your mouth and decay, causing pain and discomfort. Getting your wisdom teeth pulled doesn’t need to be difficult. At The Fort Collins Dentist, our experienced dental team can extract your wisdom teeth with care.

Getting your wisdom teeth pulled shouldn’t be stressful. Let us show you how a wisdom teeth removal can be easy with the help of our friendly and efficient dental team!

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal

A wisdom tooth that has been blocked from erupting through your gums is considered an impacted tooth. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, we can recommend an oral surgeon.

Woman Hiking After Tooth Extraction - The Fort Collins DentistWhy a Tooth Extraction May Be Necessary

Our dental team works together to make sure we save as many teeth as possible. However, some circumstances occur where an extraction may be the best remedy. Possible situations include:

  • A stubborn baby tooth that doesn’t fall out before the adult tooth starts to come in.
  • Infected teeth may happen as a result of some cancer treatments.
  • You were born with an extra tooth that is causing overcrowding in your mouth.
  • Some teeth may be in the way of orthodontic treatment.
  • A molar may become severely damaged and decayed beyond root canal treatment.

If you experience any of these or if you need your wisdom teeth pulled, we want to help!

A Calming Visit in a Fun Atmosphere

We create a fun atmosphere in our dental office to help our patients feel a sense of calm and belonging. We treat you just like family here, and our dental team works hard to give you the quality treatment you need. When you need a tooth extraction, we’re here to take good care of you.

Schedule Your Tooth Extraction Today

Don’t let a bothersome tooth put you out of commission. Our friendly dental team is ready to take your call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We want to help you feel better, so you can get back to your regular routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you need a tooth extraction?

When you have a tooth that is broken or damaged that is too severe to treat with restorative treatment an extraction is necessary. In some cases, a referral to an oral surgeon is necessary to treat the need for an extraction. If you have any swelling or extreme pain, please contact us to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Lesko.

What to expect in your tooth extraction appointment?

The area around your tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Once your tooth and surrounding area is numbed Dr. Lesko will begin the extraction. She will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator, once the tooth is loose and ready for removal, Dr. Lesko will remove the tooth with forceps. This process is known as a simple extraction. A surgical extraction is needed when a tooth has been broken off at the gumline. During a surgical extraction, an incision is made into the gumline to remove the underlying tooth. Sometimes in an extraction some of the bone needs to be removed and Dr. Lesko will replace with bone material, this process is known as bone grafting.

What is post-operative care for an extraction?

It is important to keep the extraction site clean. Immediately following an extraction Dr. Lesko will have you bite down on a dry, sterile gauze and will ask you to keep in place for up to 45 minutes. This will limit bleeding and allow the clotting process to begin. For 24 hours after your extraction it is very important to not smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or suck out of straws. The sucking action will ultimately result in a dry socket, which can be extremely painful.