Tooth extractions provide a quick and convenient way to address potentially serious oral health problems like impacted teeth, crowding, or severe decay. At Tysons Laser Center Dentistry, experienced cosmetic and general dentist Kris Popli, DDS, and the team perform both simple and surgical tooth extractions. To make an appointment at the practice in Tysons Corner, Virginia, call the office or schedule online today.
Tooth extraction is a procedure that removes one or several teeth. The most common type of extraction is wisdom teeth removal, but you might also benefit if you have impacted teeth, a deep cavity, or an infection.
Tooth extraction is a quick, outpatient procedure. Dr. Popli and the team use specialized tools and local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
Before recommending tooth extractions, Dr. Popli conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. He uses the X-rays to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. If he notices anything unusual, like an impacted wisdom tooth or a deep cavity, he moves forward with treatment.
During your appointment, let Dr. Popli know if you have an underlying health condition like a congenital heart defect or high blood pressure. Though these issues won’t necessarily prevent you from undergoing extractions, they may increase the risk of complications. So it’s important that they’re stable.
At Tysons Laser Center Dentistry, Dr. Popli and the team conduct several types of extractions, including:
If your tooth is above the gum line, Dr. Popli recommends a simple extraction. Before removing your tooth, he administers a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Then, he gently loosens your tooth and removes it.
If you have impacted teeth, meaning they’re unable to break through your gum line, Dr. Popli conducts surgical extractions. After numbing your mouth, he carefully accesses your tooth beneath your gum tissue and sections it into pieces. Then, Dr. Popli removes each piece and packs the extraction site with gauze.
After tooth extractions, many people experience mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. To minimize any discomfort, Dr. Popli recommends applying an ice pack to your cheek or taking over-the-counter pain medication. Avoid biting down on the extraction site for at least a week and eat only soft foods for the first 24-48 hours.
There’s no way to entirely prevent the need for tooth extractions, but you can significantly reduce your risk by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Popli and the team recommend brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting the office every six months for professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam.
To learn more about tooth extractions, make an appointment at Tysons Laser Center Dentistry by calling the office or scheduling online today.