Tooth Extraction Vienna VA

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.

Tooth Extraction in Vienna, Virginia

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.

Why 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.

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.

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.