Tooth Extractions FAQ
Why would a tooth need to be extracted?
Multiple issues can lead to tooth extraction, and we typically remove teeth when they are cracked beyond repair, severely decayed, or permanently damaged by gum disease. We always make every effort to save your tooth, but we'll advise you when it's necessary to extract a tooth to restore your dental health.
When do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that most people start to develop around the age of 17 to 25. They often need to be removed if the jaw is too small to accommodate them, as they may cause infections and crowding. Some wisdom teeth are not fully erupted, which means the oral surgery is required to remove them. If you need an oral surgeon, we'll provide you with a referral for a skilled surgeon in Reston.
What should I do after an extraction?
Expression Dental Care may prescribe you painkillers to help manage any discomfort you may feel after the anesthetic wears off. You should take them as directed. The doctor may also advise you to bite on gauze, which helps to reduce bleeding an encourages a clot to form inside the socket. If you notice any swelling, you can minimize it by placing an ice pack against the cheek.
Are my teeth in danger if I have gum disease?
Gum disease doesn't cause teeth to fall out of their sockets on their own, it damages the ligaments that hold the tooth in the socket. This may cause severe infections, which often means that the tooth may require an extraction. If you suspect you have advanced gum disease, contact us for advice and a treatment plan.
If you want to discuss your options for a healthy and functional smile, call Expressions Dental Care today. Dr John Han will help you make the right decision regarding tooth extraction in Reston, VA.