Tooth Extractions in Winchester VA
A Tooth Extraction is a routine procedure that, according to The Mayo Clinic, carries a very low risk of long-term complications. The procedure itself is painless when performed our Winchester Dentist Dr. Haynie. Contact us to schedule a consultation to learn more about your dental options.
Teeth are extracted for multiple reasons:
- The tooth is broken too badly to restore with a filling or crown
- The tooth is infected and the patient chooses not to do a root canal
- The tooth needs to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth
The cost for an extraction will vary based on whether the extraction is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
Simple Extraction: The doctor is able to loosen the tooth and pull it from the mouth in one piece.
Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction may be necessary if the tooth is broken off below the gum line or breaks into pieces during the extraction. The dentist will need to make a small incision into the gums and possibly also the bone around the tooth to be able to get the entire tooth out. A surgical extraction also takes longer to recover from.
There are many purposes of why a dental healthcare provider would recommend a Tooth Extraction of one or more teeth. One of the most common reasons is due to severe tooth decay beyond what is reasonable to save. In these cases, a tooth extraction is performed to prevent infection and also make the patient more comfortable.
At Apple Blossom Dentistry, we may also recommend tooth extraction for impacted teeth, malfunctioning teeth, or teeth that are hard to clean, such as the wisdom teeth. Removal of wisdom teeth can prevent crowding and may also be more likely to cause inflammation or infection if they do not fully emerge.
Although there are exceptions, most tooth extractions are common dental procedures that are quickly preformed. At Apple Blossom Dentistry, your Winchester dentist Dr. Haynie will have already taken x-rays of the teeth prior to the procedure. The tooth, gum, and bone will then be numbed for patients who will be awake for the tooth extraction process. Once the procedure begins, patients should feel only pressure and not pain. More often Dr. Haynie, our Winchester dentist, will remove the tooth using applied pressure to the socket and dental forceps and not requiring surgery.
Recovery from an Extraction
The amount of time of recovery depends on the type of procedure and the amount of work that was performed. Stitches are often put into place to help the wound heal. These stitches may dissolve on their own or they may require a follow up visit. Stitches are typically removed 7 to 10 days after the procedure. There is usually a small amount of discomfort the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure has been done. Pain medicine can be used to help with this and antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent any infection. The total amount of time to heal from a tooth extraction is generally 30 days or more. Additionally, once the extraction area is healed Dr. Haynie can replace one or more missing teeth with a bridge, a denture or a permanent dental implant if necessary.
We love our patients and always strive to provide friendly and professional dental care in a very comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our dental office in Winchester, VA. Focusing on family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and all your dental needs. Call us at (540) 667-3267