There are many reasons to extract a tooth, whether it’s causing crowding in your smile, is severely damaged, or is suffering from a significant infection. If you have a problematic tooth that’s negatively affecting your oral health, the team of oral surgeons at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery can help with a safe and effective extraction. To learn more about tooth extractions, schedule a visit today at the Burke, Alexandria, or Reston, Virginia, office. You can book your extraction by phone or online.
An extraction is the surgical removal of a tooth. As a rule of thumb, it’s typically best to try and keep as much of your natural oral structures intact as possible, but there are many situations in which a problematic tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth. In those cases, your oral surgeon can perform a surgical extraction to remove the offending tooth and preserve the integrity of your smile.
Most people need at least one surgical extraction over the course of their life, and the team of professionals at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery take great care to ensure that your extraction is a safe, comfortable, and positive experience.
Some of the more common reasons your oral surgeon might suggest an extraction include:
If you’re going through a full-mouth rehabilitation, your oral surgeon might recommend extractions to remove teeth with damage or infection, often from periodontal disease, that restorations or endodontic therapy cannot treat.
Dental implant or denture preparation
If you’re replacing teeth with standard dental implants, All-on-4® implants, or a partial or full-mouth denture, your oral surgeon might need to remove damaged or infected teeth to make room for your new restorations.
Most people don’t have enough room in their smiles for extra molars, making the extraction of wisdom teeth necessary. If left in your smile, wisdom teeth can lead to a number of health complications, including infection and crowding issues with the rest of your smile.
After the wisdom teeth, the upper eyetooth, or canine, is the second most likely tooth in your smile to become impacted. If your permanent canine is having problems erupting through your gums, your oral surgeon might recommend extracting it to preserve the health of the rest of your smile.
After tooth extraction, the socket from which it was removed will develop a blood clot. This clot is essential to your healing process, and all efforts should be taken to ensure that it’s allowed to develop properly. Your oral surgeon might suggest refraining from creating any suction pressure in your mouth, like you would when drinking through a straw, and being careful to not touch your extraction site with your fingers or a toothbrush.
Your oral surgeon gives you specific and detailed instructions for your extraction aftercare to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent complications, like a dry socket. They also discuss tooth replacement options, like implants, a denture, or bridge.
Get started with extractions today by scheduling a consultation at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. You can book your visit by phone or online.