Tooth Extractions in Reston, VA

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Even when you take good care of your oral health, there are times when a tooth simply can't be saved by a filling, root canal, or any other restorative option. When this happens, tooth extractions are the only option, and we'll take every step to help you.

At Expressions Dental Care, your well-being is always a priority, so we'll discuss all possibilities with you before deciding on an extraction. We then present you with a summary on how the procedure is going to take place and take every measure to make it as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for a Tooth Extraction

Some teeth are more difficult to extract than others, particularly when it comes to wisdom teeth, but we take every measure to make even minor surgical procedures pain-free and comfortable for our patients.

Expression Dental Care uses modern anesthetics to numb the place of the extraction before starting the procedure. We then take careful steps with instruments that are specifically designed to elevate the tooth and remove it. In most cases, you won't experience any pain during the procedure, apart for a bit of pressure when the doctor removes the tooth.

After the Tooth Extraction

After the extractions, you'll receive comprehensive instructions on how to care for the area, together with prescriptions for medications you may need during the healing period.

Most tooth extractions take one to two weeks to heal, but this timeframe can be longer for molar and wisdom teeth extractions. It's essential to avoid rinsing your mouth in the first 24 hours after an extraction because this may prevent the clot from forming into the socket. We are here to help you with any questions you may have following the procedure.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Our main goal is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, but we can also guide you through an extraction procedure it necessary. The good news is that there are multiple ways to replace missing teeth. Dr John Han will help you find the best plan that fits your goals.

We typically discuss long-term plans for replacing missing teeth even before the extraction takes place. While leaving a space in the mouth is an option, it's important to remember that missing teeth can create functional and aesthetic challenges. If you have open spaces, your existing teeth will slowly migrate or shift into them. This migration often results in complications, which an unbalanced bite being one of the most common.

Don’t Put Off Necessary Treatment—Call Today!

If you think you may need a tooth extraction, contact Dr. Han as soon as possible. You can trust his experience to result in a comfortable and successful tooth extraction procedure. We are now accepting new patients, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!

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.

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