Dr. Georges Traboulsi is located in Centerville, VA and is an esteemed member of the Dulles Dental Group. As a periodontist, he offers safe, quick and effective Tooth Extraction for any patient that is in need of getting rid of a bad tooth.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
Why do I Need a Tooth Be Extracted?
If patients have broken or badly decayed teeth, they may need one or more teeth extracted (removed from the socket in the jawbone). People who have a narrow jaw and large teeth, or who have badly crowded teeth, may need a tooth extracted to make more room. This can become an issue when the permanent teeth come in since patients have more permanent teeth than baby teeth. If the wisdom teeth or third molars become decayed, infected or cause pain, they may need to be removed.
What Happens During a Single Tooth Extraction?
Most dentists can perform a single tooth extraction in the office. Patients receive a local anesthetic to make the area numb. The dentist usually loosens the tooth with an extractor, which is made for that purpose. After the tooth is loosened, the dentist will grasp it with forceps and lever it out of the socket. A gauze pad and a little direct pressure are applied to stop the bleeding.
What if Multiple Teeth Must Be Extracted?
Having multiple teeth extracted is obviously a bigger procedure that having a single tooth removed. Patients will need intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and the procedure may be performed in an outpatient clinic or hospital, especially if they have other medical conditions. In other respects, the procedure is the same as a single tooth extraction; however, it takes longer. Patients are more likely to have incisions (cuts) in the gums, and the periodontist may insert dentures at the end of the procedure.
Is Follow-up Care Necessary?
Patients will not be safe to drive after intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and someone must take them home. The periodontist will advise patients about pain medication, and they can also use ice for pain and swelling. Don’t do anything to disturb the clot(s) over the wound, and use warm salt water rinses instead of brushing or flossing. Eat soft foods, and avoid hot beverages for at least 24 hours. The periodontist may want to see patients for a checkup in about seven to 10 days.