When a severely decayed or infected tooth is causing pain and can’t be saved, the board-certified dentists at Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, offer in-office tooth extraction services to protect your oral health. Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, can determine if extractions are the right option for you and offer a variety of sedation methods to keep you comfortable. Find out more about tooth extraction services by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.
Tooth extraction is a simple surgical procedure to remove a diseased or decayed tooth to prevent infection and other health complications.
You may need a tooth extract if you have:
Tooth extractions may be necessary if your wisdom teeth, your last four permanent molars at the back of the mouth, aren’t erupting properly.
If you’re getting dental implants, you may need to have multiple teeth extracted at the same time. Drs. Merdad and Abraham design a custom treatment plan that outlines how many visits you need to complete extractions as you prepare for implants.
Drs. Merdad and Abraham offer convenient, in-office extraction services. They offer several sedation methods, including anti-anxiety medications or nitrous oxide, to keep you comfortable.
Prior to the extraction, Drs. Merdad and Abraham use a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site. As they extract the tooth, you may feel some pressure but no pain. In many cases, an extraction only takes a few minutes.
Once your tooth is out, it’s normal to experience light bleeding. Drs. Merdad and Abraham place clean gauze in the gum to control bleeding and provide complete aftercare instructions to prevent infection.
You can go home to rest after your extraction. A friend will need to drive you home from the office if you had any sedation during the procedure.
It’s important to avoid smoking after your extraction and you may need to limit your diet for the first 24 hours to let your gums heal properly. Soft foods or liquids are a good choice in the hours after your extraction.
To speed up the healing process, Drs. Merdad and Abraham may recommend avoiding the area when brushing your teeth for a day or two and using salt water rinses. For any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers.
In some cases, you may need to take a course of antibiotics to clear up any remaining infection.
Learn more about tooth extraction services available at Easy Dental Care by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.