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Tooth Extractions In Washington DC

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A bad tooth can really interfere with your day to day activities. The throbbing pain can make it difficult for you to focus at work or even relax at home. It is only necessary that you seek medical help from a dentist so that you put this pain to an end. When you visit our dentists, we may recommend a tooth extraction. This article will tell you all you need to know about the procedure so that you can prepare yourself.

Before we dive into the specifics, you should know that tooth extractions are a common procedure. Hundreds of teeth are pulled on a daily basis worldwide. Therefore, there’s nothing you need to be worried about and we perform these everyday at Lenfant Plaza Dental Arts.


What Is A Tooth Extraction?

This is a form of oral surgery where a dentist removes a tooth from the socket in the jaw. Tooth extractions are divided into two types. An anesthetic has to be administered in both scenarios ensuring the patients comfort and painlessness.
There’s the simple extraction which entails removal of teeth that are visible above the gum, hence can be removed with forceps with ease. The second type is the surgical extraction which is carried out by an dental surgeon. It entails removal of teeth that are not visible above the gum or difficult to remove. The surgeon is required to make a hole in the bone and gum tissue and sometimes section the tooth in half or in pieces. This type is common for wisdom tooth removal.


There are a variety of factors as to why you should undergo tooth extraction. They are:
• Severe tooth decay
• An infected tooth
• Pain caused by impacted wisdom teeth
• Teeth that are loose and not savable
• A Dentition that has a poor bite or poor aesthetics


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The Extraction Procedure

The tooth extraction procedure is quite simple, painless and quick. And thanks to modern day medicine, an anesthetic is usually administered to numb the pain. But, before the procedure, you need to give the doctor both your dental and medical history.

Before the procedure starts, an X-ray will be taken to determine how best to remove the teeth. Then the dental surgeon will numb the area around the tooth by using an anesthetic. You will feel the tooth and area getting numb just like if you were having a filling done.

There will be a pressure-like feeling on the gums. It’s then the dental surgeon will proceed to remove the tooth by rocking it gently back and forth. This should be a painless procedure. Therefore, in case you feel any pain, tell the dentist immediately. An oral surgeon could also make a small incision in your gum if your tooth isn’t fully grown.

Considering an experienced surgeon to perform the extraction not only ensures that it will be done effectively, but, it will also take a shorter duration.

What Happens After an Extraction?

Bleeding may occur within 24 hours after the surgery. But, the surgeon can use gauze to control the bleeding. A clot is expected to form on the empty socket. This is the first step of the healing process. Make sure that you follow all instructions given by the dentist. The surgeon may recommend pain relievers or antibiotics to ease the discomfort.

You can also use an ice pack on your jaw to help prevent the swelling. Avoid brushing your teeth for the next 24 hours and only stick to soft and cool foods. If you follow all the above instructions, you should be healed in two weeks. Be keen not to remove the blood clot formed on the socket. This can lead to a condition known as dry socket.

If you have been struggling with a bad tooth, then you should undergo a tooth extraction. It is a fast, painless and safe procedure that can help get rid of all the symptoms of bad teeth. A dental implant can also sometimes be placed the same time a tooth is removed.


Contact us if you are experiencing a bad tooth and we will see you right away and likely have you out the door in an hour 202-488-8300.



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