Tooth Extractions Arlington VA
Dr. Layth Ghanim and our team want you to enjoy your natural smile for many, many years, if not a lifetime. We will do everything we can to help you preserve and restore your teeth. However, certain oral conditions can affect teeth beyond the help of treatment, leading to the need for a tooth extraction.
Our dentist may recommend that a tooth be removed if it have been affected by injury or decay or is too overcrowded. Dr. Layth Ghanim and team are highly skilled and attentive, ensuring that you are comfortable and your needs are met throughout the procedure.
We will provide you with comprehensive post-op instructions to promote the healing process and help you reduce any discomfort over the next few days. If the extracted tooth needs to be replaced, Dr. Layth Ghanim will meet with you in advance to discuss your options and help you select the right dental restoration for your needs, including dentures, dental implants, or a dental bridge.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two main types of extraction. A simple extraction can be done on teeth that are easily accessible. This method involves having the dentist loosen the tooth with a device called an elevator. Once the tooth is loosened, forceps are used to pull out the tooth.
Many tooth removal cases involve surgical extraction. This is true for wisdom teeth and other teeth that may not be fully formed. The dentist makes a cut around your gums and may even break off the tooth into pieces to make it easier to remove.
You should feel no pain during the procedure, as you will be given an anesthetic. It is common to feel some pressure, however.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
There are various reasons why your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. For example, you may have extra teeth that are blocking others. Sometimes baby teeth are removed to make room for permanent ones. If you are getting braces, your teeth will shift over time. This may mean that adjacent teeth need to be removed to make room and prevent overcrowding. An infected tooth may need to be removed. Likewise, wisdom teeth are often removed because they become impacted or cause pain.
After Your Procedure
You may experience discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction. The dentist will prescribe pain relievers, so be sure to take them as directed. If you experience swelling, use ice packs. Likewise, your mouth may be sore and painful, so stick with soft, cold foods for the first few days. Rinse your mouth often with warm salt water to promote healing. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as this can affect the blood clot.
Contact Us Today
In summary, a tooth extraction is a major surgery. We invite you to contact our office today if you have any questions about receiving a tooth extraction in Arlington, Virginia, or if you would like to schedule a visit with our dentist. We encourage you to visit Arlington Dental Excellence as soon as possible if you have developed a dental injury, pain, or swelling so that we can help you restore your smile. Moreover, contact us to schedule a consultation. Call 703-525-0157 today.