Tooth Extraction Reston VA
Unfortunately, we sometimes need to have teeth extracted. A tooth extraction involves pulling out a permanent tooth. There are several reasons why dentists may need to perform this procedure. The most common reasons to pull out a tooth are due to decay, injury or trauma. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed because they are impacted and cause problems to other teeth. When they cause pain and make it hard to chew, they need to be removed. Another reason is a crowded mouth. A dentist may remove teeth to prepare the mouth for braces or other orthodontic work. The goal is to align the teeth and this may not be possible if the teeth are too big for the mouth.
A tooth may also need to be removed if it is infected. Tooth decay or damage can cause bacteria to enter the pulp. Sometimes this can be resolved with a root canal, but if the damage is too extensive, the tooth will need to be extracted. Periodontal disease can also lead to extraction. Disease in the gums can cause teeth to loosen over time. Loosened teeth may need to be pulled. Are you having issues with one or more teeth? Reston Modern Dentistry can assess your mouth and inform you of your options. Schedule a consultation today.
Tooth Extraction Process
Tooth extraction is done by dentists and oral surgeons. Before the tooth is removed, it will be numbed so you won’t feel anything during the surgery. You may be given a local or general anesthetic, depending on how extensive the procedure will be.
Sometimes the tooth can come out easily and simply needs to be yanked out with pliers. In many cases, though, more extensive procedures need to be performed. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will need to cut away at the bone tissue and gums to access the tooth. The dentist will then grasp the tooth with forceps and rock it back and forth to loosen it. If the tooth is difficult to remove, it may need to be pulled out in pieces.
After the tooth is removed, there may be a lot of bleeding. You will need to bite down on a piece of gauze to reduce the bleeding. Stitches may be needed to close up the gums. Your dentist will send you home with instructions for a speedy recovery.
After a Tooth Extraction
After a tooth is removed, the remaining teeth may start to shift out of place. This can cause misalignment and problems with the bite. This can be fixed with orthodontic work or replacement of the missing tooth through implants, bridges or dentures.
When back teeth are removed, this can lead to bite collapse. This can cause the lower jaw to rotate. This can present problems with chewing and cause dry lips. Dry socket is also a risk with extraction. This is because a blood clot forms over the area where the tooth was extracted. If this blood clot is dislodged, it can lead to a condition called dry socket.
Contact Us Today
While your dentist will work hard to protect your teeth, sometimes they need to be removed. Reston Modern Dentistry can perform the surgery as well as help you understand options for replacement, such as bridges, dentures, and implants. Contact us today at 703-860-9854 to schedule a consultation. We are here to answer your questions. We look forward to keeping your smile healthy.