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You work hard to take care of your beautiful smile, but what happens if you have an injury or trauma which results in a tooth (or teeth) extraction? Tooth damage can result from an accident, or from an advanced infection that cannot be fixed by a root canal. Also, wisdom teeth may be removed to make space for overcrowded teeth, and sometimes teeth may be pulled to prepare for orthodontia. You may be doing everything right but there may still be times when your dentist may be removing your pearly whites.

To determine if you need a tooth pulled, your dentist will take x-rays to show the extent of tooth damage. If it turns out the tooth will require extraction, this extraction is typically done on an outpatient visit.

Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth that will be removed. This may require a local sedation or general anesthetic if the tooth is impacted or there are several that need to be removed. There may be stitches after the tooth is removed, and they may be dissolvable or have to be removed by your dentist when healed. You will likely require medication after the surgery, such as painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. If you have a weakened immune system or are prone to infection, you may also receive antibiotics. While you are recovering you will be on a soft food diet.

It usually requires one to two weeks to recover, depending on how extensive the surgery and how quickly you heal. Over time bone and gum tissue will grow into the space left behind. You may also be eligible for dental implants, a fixed bridge or dentures depending on your situation.

If you would like more information or if you have any questions regarding your oral health, we invite you to contact our office and let us help you. We want you to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful for a lifetime of smiles! 703-858-5990