More often than not, our dental office does everything it can to save teeth, rather than extract them. Modern dentistry allows us to restore teeth over extracting them as nothing is better than keeping your natural teeth. However, if a tooth is extremely problematic or putting other teeth at risk, we’ll make sure that your tooth removal treatment is as comfortable as possible. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, don’t hesitate to call our dental office and determine your options for tooth extractions in Fairfax, VA with the help of a professional team!
While tooth extractions are not performed often, there are many instances where the procedure may be needed. For example, if a tooth is severely cracked, especially along the root portion, it’s unlikely that it can survive in the jaw any longer. Teeth may also need removal if the bone’s foundation has broken down due to gum disease. In rare cases, we may remove teeth to make room for orthodontic treatments like traditional braces.
Before treatment begins, we make sure to numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthetic to make your procedure comfortable. To loosen your tooth, a dental elevator is used to gently rock it back and forth. This breaks it from the periodontal ligament, making it easy to take out of the jaw. Upon loosening the tooth, a pair of dental forceps is used to grip onto the tooth and carefully remove it. We’ll ask you to bite down onto a gauze pad so a blood clot can form.
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