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Tooth Extractions in Fairfax

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Our goal is always to help you preserve your natural teeth, but sometimes we must extract one to relieve your pain and protect your oral health. There is no need to be afraid of tooth extractions in Fairfax; we’ll do everything we can to help you feel comfortable during your procedure. Before you know it, the tooth will be out and you’ll be on the road to recovery!

Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

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There are a number of situations where a tooth extraction may be the best option:

  • A tooth is so badly decayed or damage that a filling or crown would not be enough to restore it.
  • There is overcrowding in the mouth, making it impossible for an orthodontic treatment to do its job.
  • We need to make room in your mouth for dentures.
  • Gum disease or other problems have compromised the bone that supports a tooth.
  • Your wisdom teeth are endangering your oral health.

Some people choose to get a painful tooth extracted even when it isn’t necessary because extractions may cost less than root canal therapy. However, we do not recommend this because missing teeth can lead to further oral health problems. Moreover, replacing missing teeth often costs more than the treatment it would have taken to save the teeth in the first place.

What to Expect During and After Your Tooth Extraction

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For many extractions, your dentist in Fairfax simply numbs the area around the tooth and then removes it from your mouth. However, sometimes a general anesthesia is necessary to ensure that you’re comfortable while your dentist is working. This may be true if you have impacted wisdom teeth, which will require that your dentist makes an incision in the gums. They may even have to break a tooth into pieces in order to pull it out.

Following your procedure, please follow your dentist’s instructions for taking care of the extraction site. You may have to:

  • Take it easy for a day or two. If you had your wisdom teeth extracted, you may need to stay home from work or school for up to a week.
  • Take painkillers to manage your discomfort.
  • Apply ice to the site to keep swelling down.
  • Stick to eating soft foods for a few days. Soup, yogurt, and applesauce are all good choices.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth; just be careful around the extraction site so you don’t irritate the wound or cause extra bleeding.

Long-Term Outlook after a Tooth Extraction

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Within a week after your extraction, you’ll feel much better, and you’ll be able to resume your daily routine. However, your mouth will still be healing. Depending on the size of the wound, it may take several weeks or even months for the soft tissue and the bone beneath it to heal completely. Once that happens, you may be able to talk to your dentist about getting an implant or bridge to fill in the space in your mouth and restore your smile back to its original glory.

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