What exactly are Extractions?
An extraction involves complete removal of one or more teeth. The extraction is considered a type of oral surgery, but it can be done quickly and easily in our office. We offer extractions of all teeth, including wisdom teeth. You may need to have a tooth removed if it has become severely decayed, has become loose due to periodontal disease or because it’s becoming a problem to your oral health.
Why might you need an Extraction?
To determine if you’ll need to have a tooth extracted, you’ll need to come in for an exam and consult with Dr. Dary. Extractions are often recommended if there is no other way to save a particular tooth. Some patients prefer to have a tooth removed in comparison to having more extensive dental work done. Some reasons you’ll need an extraction include:
• A tooth is severely decayed
• A tooth is loose due to periodontal (gum) disease
• A tooth is posing a problem to your oral health (wisdom teeth)
• One or more of your wisdom teeth are impacted and unable to come through the gums fully
• A baby tooth is having trouble falling out on its own
What makes you a candidate for Extractions?
Most patients who need to have an extraction are able to have the procedure done easily in our office. Extractions are simple procedures that can often be performed under local anesthetic. In some cases, general anesthesia is recommended if incisions are required or if multiple teeth need to be extracted at the same time. Our goal here at Family Dental of Fairfax City is to provide you with a calm, comfortable environment for any necessary extractions.
What can be expected during an Extraction?
The first step for an extraction is receiving anesthetic or sedation of your choice. The tooth is then removed with a variety of instruments and the area may receive sutures if needed. You will bite down on a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding and will be instructed to remove the gauze after a short period of time. You will be provided with important aftercare instructions that will outline what you can and cannot do after having oral surgery. If at any time you have post-op complications, call our office and we’ll get you in immediately.
If you think you need to have a tooth extracted, call our office today and our helpful office staff members can further assist in scheduling an appointment for you.