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Tooth Extraction

If a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair, it can lead to infection and painful symptoms.

Our dentist at Colorado Premier Dental, Brian Polidori, can gently extract your tooth before it causes long-term damage.

Dr. Polidori in Lakewood, CO, can handle even the most complex extraction cases in-office.

Reasons to Extract a Tooth

Before performing a tooth extraction, Dr. Polidori will do all he can to preserve your natural tooth. If your tooth is too compromised to treat, our dentist can often replace it with an implant-supported prosthetic.

Extensive Decay

Untreated tooth decay can lead to serious infection. Once decay reaches below the gum line, an extraction may be the only way to stop the spread of bacteria.

Severely Damaged

Some damaged teeth can be repaired with fillings or dental crowns. Teeth that are cracked or chipped beyond repair should be removed and replaced with a false tooth.

Overcrowded Teeth

To prepare for orthodontic treatments, extracting some overcrowded teeth may be necessary.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can grow in crooked or become impacted under your gums. They can cause spacing issues and cause your other teeth to shift. We can extract impacted wisdom teeth and handle complicated cases.

Preparing for Dental Implants

If a tooth is untreatable, your dentist can extract the tooth and prepare the extraction area for dental implants

Do You Have a Tooth Causing You Pain? Contact Our Lakewood, Colorado, Office Today

Persistent tooth pain is a sign that you may need to have it extracted. Some people think they need an oral surgeon to have a tooth extraction. While oral surgeons are useful for specific dental treatments, tooth extraction is a widely practiced dentistry procedure. Dr. Brian Polidori uses advanced technology and the latest dentistry techniques to gently remove teeth at our dental office in Lakewood, CO. Request an appointment today.

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Libby Yaple


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Dr. Polidori is definitely the Best Dentist in Lakewood. Hands Down! Always going to classes, keeps up with the latest in Dental techniques. He's honest, always tells you what you need. Reasonable cost. During procedures explains what he's doing in civilian language. I guess you can't say never any pain, but I've never experienced pain during his procedures. Top notch and well trained staff. If your afraid of dentists, don't be afraid of him, get an appointment today.

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Wilma Jones


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Everybody in the office is very friendly and helpful. The doctor really cares about patient's dental health education. He spent at least 3 times as much time as other doctors would spend to explain the correct procedures to take care of my teeth. He answered all my questions and I am very satisfied with his recommendations. He sets a good example for me. I promise that I will brush 2 times a day instead of one time. 

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What Happens If I Don't Extract An Infected Tooth? 

A bacterial infection inside a tooth can cause an abscess in the surrounding soft tissue. Symptoms of an abscess include:

  • Severe toothache that can spread to the jawbone and neck
  • Gum swelling
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth if the abscess ruptures

If the bacteria remains in the tooth, the infection can spread to other areas of your body. In severe cases, an infected tooth can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening condition. 

By contacting our Lakewood, Colorado, dentist as soon as you're experiencing consistent tooth pain and bad breath, Dr. Polidori can examine your tooth and determine if it should be extracted. 

Some patients may not experience any symptoms but can still have an infected tooth. By keeping regular exams, Dr. Polidori can routinely evaluate your oral health and detect an infected tooth before it causes serious issues.

The Tooth Extraction Process

We can extract impacted teeth and handle complicated dental cases.
We can extract impacted teeth and handle complicated dental cases.


Our Lakewood dentist will examine your tooth using X-rays and advanced imaging to make sure extraction is necessary.


Patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site before any teeth are removed. For patients who have dental anxiety, Dr. Polidori offers sedation options that can further ensure your comfort.


Next, Dr. Polidori will gently move the tooth until it's loose enough to be removed. The tooth may have to be broken into smaller pieces for easier extraction. If the tooth is trapped by bone, an incision will be made to loosen the tooth.

Preserve Bone Density

We may recommend placing bone grafting material in the socket after the tooth is removed. This preserves bone density, which is needed if you plan on filling the gap with a dental implant.


Sutures may be necessary to close the extraction site. After the extraction, you will be asked to bite down on sterile gauze for about 30 minutes. This helps slow bleeding and encourages a blood clot to form. The blood clot protects the bone during healing. 

Healing After Your Extraction

It is important not to aggravate the extraction site. If the blood clot is dislodged, a dry socket can form and cause serious pain. If you're experiencing increased levels of pain during the healing process, contact us immediately so we can check the clot and look for signs of dry socket.

People can usually return to their everyday activities within a few days and should completely recover in two weeks. During the recovery period, our Lakewood dentist recommends:

Using a Cold Compress

Swelling is normal after an extraction. Applying a cold compress near your jaw every 20 minutes for the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction can help to manage swelling. 

Avoiding Strenuous Activity

For the first 48 hours after your extraction, you should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities as they can increase the risk of swelling and bleeding. 

Eating Soft Foods

Eating soft foods like yogurt, eggs, and ice cream will help to protect the treatment site. Patients should avoid using straws since they can dislodge the clot.

Chewing on One Side

Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the tooth was extracted. This will help manage pain and minimize the swelling.

Not Smoking

Tobacco products delay the healing process and can cause an infection at the extraction site.

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Ben VanFossen


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Been coming here for years. The whole staff are just top notch. Truly the only dental staff that I trust.

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Erin Beaumont


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 I'm so excited to have my smile back and it's such a relief to have my dental health in order!

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Consider Dental Implants To Replace Missing Teeth

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Unless it is a wisdom tooth, we highly recommend replacing your missing tooth.

One consequence of missing teeth is jawbone atrophy, where patients lose bone tissue and their jaw shrinks.

Your teeth will shift too, which will impact your appearance and change your bite alignment. You might have difficulty speaking clearly and eating certain foods.

To best maintain your oral health, our dentist recommends dental implants

This dentistry procedure replaces tooth roots, preventing the jaw atrophy that results from tooth loss.

Implants are used to anchor dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Dr. Polidori can answer any questions you have about implants at his Lakewood, Colorado, office and review your candidacy.

Dr. Polidori

Colorado Premier Dental, PLLC

Dr. Brian J. Polidori is a highly trusted dentist who is committed to providing his patients in Lakewood and the greater Denver area with the highest level of dental care. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado Dental Association 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 

To schedule a visit to our office, request an appointment online or call us directly at (303) 935-3465.

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