Your permanent teeth are incredibly tough, but they aren’t invincible. If you develop a deep cavity or experience an oral infection, extractions may be necessary. At Fresh Dental Care, cosmetic and general dentist Jae Yoon, DDS, and the team perform extractions on an outpatient basis. Using specialized tools and local anesthesia, the process is quick, convenient, and virtually pain-free. To make an appointment at the practice in Fairfax, Virginia, call the office today or schedule online.
Dr. Yoon and the team perform extractions for several reasons, including:
If your teeth are too close together, they’re harder to clean. That makes them more susceptible to cavities and other potentially serious oral health problems. Removing one (or several) teeth can create additional room and make orthodontic treatment more effective.
If you severely damage a tooth or develop a deep cavity, harmful bacteria can enter the pulp (the center of a tooth), resulting in pain and inflammation. If root canal therapy and antibiotics don’t provide relief, Dr. Yoon might recommend an extraction.
Gum disease is a common oral health problem present in more than 47% of people aged 30 and older. Without early intervention and treatment, it causes your gums to recede. If one or more of your permanent teeth are loose or unstable because of gum disease, extractions may be necessary.
Tooth extractions are safe and usually well-tolerated, but there are certain risks. For example, extractions can allow harmful bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If you have a chronic medical condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease, let Dr. Yoon and the team know during your initial consultation.
These issues won’t necessarily keep you from undergoing an extraction, but they may increase the risk of complications.
At Fresh Dental Care, Dr. Yoon and the team offer several types of extractions, including:
If your tooth is above the gum line and easy to access, Dr. Yoon performs a simple extraction. He administers a local anesthetic, carefully loosens your tooth, and removes it.
If your tooth is below the gum line and unable to break through, Dr. Yoon performs a surgical extraction. He administers a local anesthetic, accesses the tooth beneath your gum line, and gently removes it. Afterward, Dr. Yoon packs the socket with clean gauze and provides care instructions.
After tooth extractions, many people experience increased sensitivity, swelling, and pain. Dr. Yoon and the team recommend:
Any discomfort should subside within a few days. If your symptoms persist or worsen, contact the team at Fresh Dental Care right away.
To see if you’re a candidate for extractions, make an appointment at Fresh Dental Care by calling the office today or scheduling online.