While our focus at Premier Dental Care is on preventative and restorative care, we also perform tooth extractions when saving the tooth isn’t possible. Before we make that decision, however, we are always looking for ways to avoid an extraction by keeping your oral health in good shape. This means that we will clean your teeth on a regular basis, discuss and encourage a healthy diet, and treat gum disease, cavities, and infections as they arise in order to keep your teeth healthy and intact. Dr. Hines will also restore your tooth if it has been damaged – all of which can help you to maintain your natural teeth for years to come.
If you are experiencing discomfort or your tooth is in need of repair, we invite you to call our 20012 dental office at (202) 723-2400 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be honest about whether your tooth can be saved or if an extraction is the best option for preventing the spread of infection and eliminating your discomfort, and we’ll take the steps necessary to ensure your comfort with whatever solution you choose.
The Process of Having a Tooth Extraction
The technical term for having a tooth pulled is called an extraction, and there are several ways to do it. First, we will numb the area of your mouth so that you do not feel any direct discomfort. (You will feel pressure during the procedure, but otherwise remain relaxed and comfortable.) If your tooth has matured and broken through the gums, Dr. Hines can use dental tools to wiggle the tooth loose and pull it out of the socket. Afterwards, the area will be thoroughly cleaned, and gauze will be used to stop the bleeding while you recover. If, however, your tooth is impacted or still below the surface — this is common with wisdom teeth — oral surgery may be necessary for removing it. When completing this procedure in our Washington dental office, we typically create an incision in the gums and create a flap that we can lift to gain access to the impacted tooth. In many cases, we can then wiggle the tooth and lift it out of the socket. If there is bone or tissue on top of the tooth, however, it will need to be cut away first. And if the tooth is particularly stubborn and not budging, we might need to break it into several pieces and remove it that way. Once the tooth has been removed from the socket, the area will be thoroughly cleaned before the flap is placed back down and sutured in place. Gauze is then used to stop the bleeding.