Tooth extraction is the permanent removal of a problematic tooth. A professional tooth extraction procedure is the best way to go if you know you have a tooth in your mouth that is causing problems. At Harrison Dental Associates, we provide in house tooth extractions to patients in need of these common dental services.
During a tooth extraction, we utilize local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the tooth is extracted, our team will ensure you are informed on aftercare for the affected area so that your mouth can begin to heal properly from the procedure.
Tooth Extraction in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted general dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Matthew Harrison is happy to offer tooth extraction services when necessary. While we usually try to avoid removing healthy teeth, sometimes teeth cause more problems than they are worth. Dentists will often recommend a tooth extraction in these circumstances:
- Severe tooth decay or infection and they are unable to repair the tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- If a tooth is preventing other teeth from coming in
- Wisdom teeth either before or after they erupt
Whether you’re experiencing an infected tooth causing a toothache, have an overcrowded mouth, or are in need of wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Harrison will evaluate your smile and offer tooth extraction services if necessary.
The dental team will administer general anesthetic before removing the tooth. This is to ensure your comfort throughout the entire procedure. While you may not feel pain, you will feel some pressure and pulling. The dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth then remove it. You will bleed at the site for the 24 hours however it will be minimal.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Here are some answers to common questions we get regarding our tooth extraction services:
Will the tooth extraction hurt?
You should not experience pain during your tooth extraction. We utilize a local anesthetic to numb the affected area and ensure you cannot feel most of the procedure. Some patients may experience some slight pressure when the tooth is dislodged. After the procedure, you may experience some jaw soreness for a few days afterward. This should go away as your mouth heals from the procedure.
Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth have been known to cause a variety of issues for your smile. This is because the often grow in during your late teens or early twenties. These teeth cause problems because often there is not enough room for them to fully erupt, causing them to become impacted. Additionally, if they are able to erupt, they are in the far corners of your mouth, making them especially difficult to keep clean. Many patients with fully erupted wisdom teeth find that they often get cavities because of how difficult they are to reach when brushing or flossing.
How should I care for my smile after a tooth extraction?
Make sure to keep the affected area clean and free of food residue as it heals. Rinse with homemade saltwater solutions to encourage healing and to keep your soft tissues clean. You may want to schedule your day around the tooth extraction appointment to ensure you are able to rest immediately afterward.