Tooth Extractions in Greenwood Village, CO

An extraction is the removal of one or more teeth. Typically, if a tooth is beyond repair or the bone around it cannot support the tooth, an extraction is recommended. Extractions can also be needed if a tooth is erupting at the wrong angle or there is not enough room for the tooth to come in, such as with wisdom teeth.

If you believe you need to have a tooth removed, contact Orchard Family Dentistry to have us evaluate the tooth, as it is one of the many general dentistry services we offer. We do not recommend removing the tooth yourself as this may worsen the situation or you may leave behind parts or pieces of the tooth.

What Should I Do After a Tooth Is Extracted?

  • If the tooth was extracted today, make sure to eat cool, soft, nutritious foods for the rest of the day.
  • Do not “suck” on the wound site for the next few days as this may disturb the blood clot and cause bleeding, slow healing, and/or bone pain called a “dry socket.”
  • Do not eat hard foods for a few days near the extraction site is as this may disturb healing.
  • Do not exert yourself for the next 24 hours.
  • If no prescription was warranted for pain, over the counter medication can be taken for the next few days. If pain persists after several days, contact the dentist.

What Over the Counter Medication Can I Take for Pain After an Extraction?

Patients can take 200 mg of Ibuprofen combined with 500 mg of Tylenol every 4-6 hours to relieve any discomfort. Studies have shown that this combination of over the counter medication has a similar or better analgesic effect than an opioid.

What Should I Do If I Need a Prescription for a Pain Medication?

As most prescribed pain medications cannot be called in, patients will need to come into the office to have the area evaluated before receiving a written prescription for pain.

Do I Need to Take an Antibiotic After Having a Tooth Extracted?

Antibiotics are not typically recommended unless an infection surfaces after the tooth has been extracted. The area will be evaluated with the dentist before an antibiotic is prescribed.