Your permanent teeth are tough and durable, but if you develop deep decay or gum disease, tooth extraction may be necessary. At Spring Dental Care in Springfield, Virginia, Jung Oh, DMD, PLC, is skilled in performing extractions. Using safe, effective techniques, he makes them quick and easy. To request an appointment for tooth extraction, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Tooth extractions are a type of oral surgery used to remove one or several teeth. They’re relatively quick and occur on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home following the procedure. Whenever possible, Dr. Oh tries to preserve his patients’ teeth, but unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.
Dr. Oh performs extractions for various reasons, including:
You might also benefit from extractions if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. In some cases, Dr. Oh needs to perform extractions to provide room for your other teeth to shift into place and align.
Before scheduling an extraction, Dr. Oh conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays. During your appointment, let Dr. Oh know about any prescription medication, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly.
Also, tell him if you have a chronic condition like kidney, thyroid, or liver disease. These conditions may increase your risk of an infection or other complications. If you have a weakened immune system or infection, Dr. Oh might prescribe antibiotics for you to take in the days before your procedure.
Depending on your unique situation, you may require a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
During a simple extraction, Dr. Oh administers a local anesthetic, ensuring you won’t feel a thing. Once your tooth roots and gums become numb, he uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your affected tooth. Then, he uses forceps to carefully remove it.
If you have an impacted tooth, meaning it’s beneath your gum line, Dr. Oh might recommend a surgical extraction. After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Oh makes an incision along your gums, revealing your tooth. He carefully splits the tooth into several sections using a scalpel and removes each piece one at a time.
Dr. Oh stops any bleeding and carefully stitches your gums back up. The procedure typically takes no more than an hour.
Following extractions, it’s normal to experience some swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity. Don’t smoke or use a straw for at least 24 hours. If your mouth feels sore, apply an ice pack to your cheek for 10 minutes or take over-the-counter pain medication. You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, but avoid the extraction site.
Eat soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and scrambled eggs for the first 48 hours. As your mouth begins healing, you can slowly reintroduce other foods to your diet.
If you need an extraction, don’t wait to schedule a visit. Call Spring Dental Care, or request an appointment online today.