A tooth extraction may be necessary in cases of severe dental decay, periodontal disease, or fracture. Extractions may also be performed if a tooth is impacted or prior to orthodontic treatment. Our dentists will always discuss with you alternatives to dental extractions and will also offer replacement options for the extracted tooth.
Before your tooth extraction, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. It is normal to feel pressure during the procedure, but you should not feel any pain. If you do feel pain during the extraction, let us know immediately. Sometimes, due to the anatomy of the tooth and surrounding jaw, sectioning the tooth is necessary for its removal. In this routine procedure, your dentist will simply separate the tooth into sections and remove each piece.
After your tooth extraction, you will bite down on gauze for 30-45 minutes so that a blood clot forms in the socket. For the next three days, do not drink through a straw, do not spit forcefully, and avoid smoking. Refrain from intense physical activity while healing. An ice pack can help reduce any residual discomfort or swelling. Take all prescriptions as prescribed and make sure to start brushing your teeth again within 24 hours. If you have severe pain, bleeding that will not stop, or continued swelling, call our office right away.
Are you in need of a tooth extraction in Warrenton, VA? Call our dental office at 540-347-3396 to make an emergency appointment.