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When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. General anesthesia may be admnistered to make you feel more comfortable and at-ease during the procedure.
If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your dentist needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It is important to closely follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid complications.
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today’s modern procedures and general anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. That's because, although an extraction may be necessary, it doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth. Your dentist can provide the following restorative dental options to replace an extracted tooth:
- Single Implants
- Multiple Implants
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Standard Dentures
What to Expect with Tooth Extractions
We understand that the idea of having a tooth removed can be distressing and you may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist because of it. General anesthesia can help make you feel more comfortable and calm during your procedure.
The gums around the area where the tooth was removed will be sore for some time and you will be given specific post-op instructions to ensure optimal healing. Despite this discomfort there are several reasons why tooth extractions are recommended, including the following:
- Severely damaged teeth
- Impacted teeth (this service is often referred out to an Oral Suregon)
- Wisdom Teeth (to prevent infection)
- Severely decayed teeth
- Preparation for dental implants
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Treat overcrowding
- Prevent gum disease or an infection from spreading
If the wisdom teeth or impacted teeth in the back of the mouth were removed, you will need to keep the area clean and avoid eating from that side or drinking anything with a straw to protect the area while it heals. Also, if the blood clot forming over the extraction area is dislodged or removed, it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist for wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions before dental implants, or other dentistry treatments, turn to New Horizons Dental Center for a stress-free experience.
It is important to remember that whether you have impacted teeth or a severely damaged tooth that cannot be saved, getting timely treatment can improve your oral health. Your dentist at New Horizons Dental Center can determine if you need a surgical tooth extraction. For more information, call us at 703-955-4221.