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Oral Surgery / Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction Service In Washington DC and Burke VA

If you are facing discomfort due to infection or a broken tooth that is non-restorable, the only option left for you might be getting that tooth extracted. However, before you resort to this option, you may consult a dentist for a tooth repair and only go through with the extractions if all the other options fail to deliver.

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of discomforts. They can cause problems for the adjacent tooth and embed into the jawbone, whether they are in or just coming in with angulation impacting other teeth as well. If faced with such a situation, a dental surgeon can extract the affected teeth and save you from continuous irritation.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions: Navigating Oral Health Challenges

There are many reasons poor oral health; however, the common ones are:

1. Infection: Deep-seated infections in the tooth's pulp can cause severe toothaches and pain. While root canal therapy is often the solution, extractions are unavoidable when the infection prevails, ensuring relief and preventing jawbone complications.

2. Decay or Trauma:

Accidents lead to tooth trauma, demanding immediate attention. Filling or dental crown options may be explored, but if decay persists, extractions become imperative to curtail further damage to the tooth and its surroundings.

3. Gum Disease:

Periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss, results from extensive plaque or tartar buildup around the gum line. Extraction may be required when the gums recede, creating infected pockets. Early intervention can save teeth and prevent discomfort.

4. Wisdom Teeth Woes:

Wisdom teeth, prone to misalignment, can cause pain and misalign other teeth. Smile Experts Dental adeptly removes wisdom teeth, whether erupted or impacted, promoting oral harmony and preventing future issues.

How many types of tooth extraction are there?

Usually, there are two types of basic tooth extraction based on the condition of your tooth.

  • Simple Extraction
  • Surgical Extraction

The removal of a tooth that is readily apparent in the mouth is called a simple extraction. This could mean extracting a tooth that is heavily affected or decomposed or extracting teeth before getting braces. A simple removal involves a procedure where the dentist loosens the tooth with the help of an elevator and then uses forceps to remove the tooth.

Another method of extraction is surgical extraction. This is for when the tooth is hidden beneath the gums or is not visible. Wisdom teeth are typically extracted surgically, and the affected tooth will be extracted through a small incision in your gum.

Post-Extraction Instructions: Nurturing Your Healing Process

A dry socket is a very painful condition that can take place after a tooth extraction. After the dentist removes the tooth, a blood clot will form. If the clot comes loose (or does not develop at all), you will get a dry socket. It is very important to take good care of the extraction site to prevent this from happening.

The following is a list of things you should do to avoid a dry socket:

Avoid carbonated beverages and alcohol

Do not suck on anything (such as candy) or use a straw

Do not smoke

Avoid vigorous physical activity

Do not rinse or spit

Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks

Avoid hard, crunchy foods as wells as nuts and seeds

The following is a list of things you should do to help the site heal properly after the dentist extracts the tooth:

Remain upright as much as possible

Get plenty of rest

Consume soft foods

Drink your fluids

Take over the counter pain medications as needed

Apply ice to your face to reduce swelling


You can stop using gauze after tooth extraction when the bleeding has completely stopped, which typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

You can eat soft, cool, and non-spicy foods about 24 hours after a tooth extraction. However, follow your dentist’s specific instructions for your situation.

You should avoid brushing the extraction site for the first 24 hours after the procedure. After that, you can gently brush your teeth, being careful around the healing area.

Avoid using mouthwash for the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction, as it can interfere with the healing process. After that, consult your dentist for specific recommendations on when and how to use mouthwash.

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