Tooth Extractions Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Tooth Extraction Washington DC & Alexandria VA
When teeth become damaged or begin to decay, the issue may be corrected with a filling; however, when a tooth suffers extreme damage, either due to decay, accident, or injury, it may be necessary for the tooth to be extracted. With the exception of wisdom teeth, tooth extraction is a procedure that is typically avoided if at all possible, but if your periodontist has recommended you have a tooth extracted, it is because they have
determined that extracting our tooth will do the most amount of good for your overall oral health.
At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about tooth extractions, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.
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Tooth Extraction Procedure Expectations
As long as teeth have erupted and are visible, they can typically be removed through a simple extraction technique. A simple tooth extraction procedure will typically begin with administration of a local anesthetic,which will numb the area of the tooth being removed. Although this will lessen the amount of pain experienced, patients will still feel a sense of pressure as the tooth is removed. During this process, your periodontist will use tools to elevate the tooth from its sockets, along with forceps to grasp the tooth for the removal process. Gauze will typically be used to control bleeding while this process is occurring.
For more invasive cases, it may be necessary to make surgical incisions in the gums or break the tooth into smaller piece so it can be properly removed. Regardless of what type of procedure you have performed, once the tooth has been removed, the area of incision will be stitched shut.
Tooth Replacement Options
Depending upon the type of tooth extraction you have performed, you may or may not require dental implants following the tooth extraction procedure. There are a range of dental implants available, including single tooth implants, temporary bridgework, fixed/removable bridges, multiple tooth implants, and anchored (orthodontic) implants. Regardless of the implant type, if you have a tooth extracted, it is critical that you follow this
procedure with a dental restoration in order to avoid health and cosmetic issues that will develop as a result of a missing tooth or teeth.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
To ensure you minimize post-procedural risks and have a smooth recovery experience, it is essential that you follow the post-procedure instructions that are provided to you following your tooth extraction procedure. Post-operative care instructions will vary from patient to patient and be informed by the type of dental extraction you have, but in general it is important to avoid eating hard foods, refrain from smoking, and limit/avoid
physical activity for at least the first two to three days (maybe longer) depending upon the severity of your case.
Patients who have a tooth extraction typically experience mild bleeding following the procedure. To help manage bleeding, place fresh gauze over the socket where the tooth was extracted, replacing the gauze every 30-45 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. Swelling following a tooth extraction procedure is also common and can generally be addressed through the use of ice packs and anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication.
Once you have completed the healing process, it will not be necessary to follow additional aftercare instructions; however, in order to maximize the benefits of your procedure, it is imperative that you continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Be sure to brush and floss twice daily and continue scheduling regular visits to your dentist or periodontist. These regular visits ensure that your teeth will receive regular professional cleanings and will also reduce your risk of underlying issues such as gingivitis or periodontitis from developing. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come!