COVID-19

Patient health and safety is always taken very seriously at our dental practice. Please know that we are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and will continue to operate on a normal schedule for now, but these hours could change based on how this situation progresses within our community.

We are encouraging our employees to stay home if they are not feeling well or have been possibly exposed to someone who is ill. We are also asking our patients to do the same and please call to reschedule your appointment if you or a family member have any flu- or cold-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.) or have traveled out of the country within the past 30 days. We will continue to use the CDC- and OSHA-mandated cleaning and disinfection protocols in our treatment area utilizing a bactericidal, viricidal, fungicidal and tuberculocidal disinfectant that will kill the coronavirus. As an extra precaution to keep our patients and staff protected, we will have hand-sanitizer for you to use when you first come into our office.

We have also removed toys, magazines, video games, coffee and water stations, iPads, and computers from our waiting rooms to help prevent cross contamination. We would also like to limit family members in our waiting room and in our treatment areas so it would be helpful for everyone, except the patient and perhaps one family member if necessary, to wait in the car and provide a cell phone number so we can update you about the appointment by phone. For future updates, we encourage you to check out our Facebook or lnstagram pages.

The health and safety of our patients and our team is of utmost importance. We greatly appreciate your help and understanding with these temporary measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.

Tooth Extraction

Preservation of your teeth is always the priority in dentistry, but in some cases, extraction is the best solution.

Impaction, crowding, extensive decay, or trauma may make it necessary to extract a tooth in order to restore your smile.

Why would a dentist recommend extraction?

Extraction Is a Virtually Painless Procedure That Can Pave the Way to a Restored Smile.

Improved health.
Extracting a severely decayed or broken tooth can benefit both the health and aesthetics of your smile while setting the stage for restorative treatment.

Preparation for orthodontics.
In cases of overcrowding, teeth may need to be extracted before orthodontic treatment. Preparatory extraction can help you achieve a more symmetrical and attractive smile.

Relief.
Extracting an impacted tooth can help you avoid severe pain and serious damage to surrounding teeth and bone tissue.

Illustration of causes for tooth extraction

Patients Agree: Tooth Extraction Is Not Painful

A 2016 study found that among a group of 52 patients,

50 patients surveyed in 2002 reported only mild post-operative pain.

*According to research published in Clinical Oral Investigations.

Do I Need Tooth Extraction?

Trauma, a toothache, sudden sensitivity, and swelling of the gums are all reasons to contact a dentist immediately. An exam may reveal that a tooth is impacted or too damaged or decayed to be saved. The good news is that extraction makes it possible to undergo one of several procedures that can restore the health and appearance of your smile, including dental implant-supported crowns and bridges.

Five Basic Steps

The dentist administers local anesthesia. Patients can also choose to receive sedation.

Forceps are used to gently loosen the tooth from its socket.

If the tooth is severely impacted, incisions may be made in the gum and bone tissue for easier removal.

Any necessary sutures are placed.

Gauze is applied to the extraction site.

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Avoiding a necessary extraction can only exacerbate other oral health issues. Severely damaged or decayed teeth pose a significant risk of infection that can be detrimental to surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and bone. Impacted teeth can also cause significant damage to surrounding tissues. Meanwhile, orthodontia has limitations when the jaw cannot accommodate all the teeth. In short, extraction is sometimes the best way to restore the health and appearance of your smile.

If you have suffered dental trauma or you are experiencing pain or swelling, schedule an appointment to meet with a dentist and learn more.

Dr. Steven Krendl

Colorado Dental Arts

Dr. Steven Krendl and the team at Colorado Dental Arts in Littleton, CO, offer comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • Fellow at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Graduate of The Misch International Implant Institute

To make dental treatment as accessible as possible, we offer late-night and weekend appointments. Schedule a visit by contacting us online or calling (303) 978-9572.

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