Dr. Matthew Gerald offers his patients tooth extractions in Vienna, VA. Tooth extractions are often needed to remove severely infected, overcrowded, damaged, or impacted teeth. As a general dental treatment, dental extractions help prevent further infection, damage, or even loss.
In many cases, tooth extraction treatments can benefit the long-term oral health of patients. We will monitor your health at routine appointments and will often recommend treatments including extractions to patients based on our findings.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions may be simple or complex. Simple tooth extractions remove teeth that are above the gumline. This extraction procedure often does not require sedation for most patients. Complex tooth extractions remove teeth that may not be fully emerged, such as wisdom teeth. An incision usually needs to be made by the dentist to remove teeth under this type of procedure.
Procedure for a Tooth Extraction in Vienna, VA
Before treatment, Dr. Gerald assesses the condition of your teeth to create a treatment plan. Once the plan is in place, he will help schedule an appointment for the extraction. To begin, Dr. Gerald will administer general anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth being removed. He may also provide sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety or a fear of the dentist.
During treatment, Dr. Gerald removes the tooth or teeth and covers the socket with gauze. He may place a few stitches into the socket if needed. Then, he will prescribe you pain medication to relieve discomfort during your recovery.
For the next few days, it is important to take good care of the extraction site. A condition called ‘dry socket’ can occur if the blood clot never forms or falls out. It can be very painful. Also, you must avoid sucking in liquid (like through a straw), smoking, and rinsing your mouth out vigorously. These tips along with consuming soft foods will ensure the extraction sites heals quickly.
Tooth Replacement Options
If your teeth are being extracted because of damage or decay, you will need to consider how you will have them replaced. Dr. Gerald offers several treatment options including dental bridges, dentures, partial dentures, and dental implants.
There are several pros and cons for each however teeth implants offer the most benefits. A dental restoration secured to implant fixtures will function like natural teeth.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Why should I remove wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow. Also known as the “third molars”, wisdom teeth erupt behind the molars in the back of the mouth. If the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to develop properly, they can become impacted. This means they have the potential to damage adjacent teeth when they do emerge. We will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
How many days should a person rest after tooth extraction?
A “simple extraction,” or the removal of a tooth after it has fully erupted, typically requires 48 to 72 hours of bed rest following the procedure. After this, you’ll be free to resume your regular routine.
Can I drink water after tooth extraction?
Along with keeping your body hydrated, drinking water helps keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria. After having a tooth extraction, it is important to drink plenty of water to flush the area and avoid infection.
Should I avoid talking after tooth extraction?
Talking causes more movement of the tongue and surrounding muscles, which in turn breaks up the clots. After surgery, you should be careful speaking and avoid touching the incision site. It’s possible that this will restart bleeding by dislodging the blood clot that has formed.
Can I eat with gauze in my mouth?
In order to eat or drink, gauze must be removed. It is also important to remove the gauze before going to bed. Make sure the gauze is over the incision site and not just between your teeth.
Request a Dental Consultation
If you think you need a tooth extraction in Vienna, VA, contact the dentist office of Dr. Gerald today at (703) 721-4796. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our professional dental team on our website.