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Blake Street Dental | Extractions in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Blake Street Dental in Denver CO


Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in through the gums is at an angle. This can cause problems such as pain, the tooth to come in unevenly, or only emerge partially.

When a wisdom tooth only partially emerges, a flap of skin called an operculum may form over the tooth. This can make it hard to clean and pieces of food may get caught underneath. This makes it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop. It will usually go away on its own, but swelling and pain may be side effects.

Impacted wisdom teeth that can potentially cause problems like infections, need to be removed. Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the area. Others may prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they are sedated during the procedure.

During an extraction, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut open. The tooth is loosened by gripping it tightly and wiggling back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. In cases that the tooth is impacted so tightly it cannot be pulled out on it's own, the tooth will be broken up into pieces before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, sutures may be necessary to close the area. Soluble sutures are often the best option, which dissolve on their own.

After the surgery you will need to rest and be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect the extraction site to bleed a little while after surgery, which you will be given gauze for. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Do not lie flat which could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down and change out the gauze when it becomes soaked. Your dentist may prescribe you pain medication for the soreness, but you can also use an ice pack. Your dentist may also provide you with a solution to clean the extraction site.

You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • ...and anything else that doesn't require chewing.

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don't feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.

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