Tooth Extraction

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry -  - General Dentist

PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Sterling, VA

The time might come when you need a tooth extraction to protect the health of your gums and smile. Fortunately, the dental experts of PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia, have ample experience performing tooth extractions and have refined the procedure to make it as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have anxiety, PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry also offers nitrous oxide and safe and effective sedation dentistry to put your mind more at ease. Your dental health is always a top priority. Call the office or schedule your next appointment with Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, online today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction refers to a dental surgical procedure to remove your tooth. You might need this oral surgery when your tooth is badly damaged or decayed. Your dentist can also perform tooth extractions on impacted wisdom teeth.

The PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry professionals have extensive training in oral surgery. 

Your dentist can complete most tooth extractions in about 45 minutes. You typically have some type of anesthesia. To put you more at ease if you’re feeling anxious about your tooth extraction, PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provides different sedation dentistry options, such as nitrous oxide.

Your dentist might need to remove parts of your bone or gums to extract your tooth properly.

Your dentist surgically removes your tooth before stitching the wound shut and uses gauze pads to soak up the bleeding. You can return home once your anesthesia has worn off. 

Depending on the anesthetic, numbing, or sedation, you might need to have someone drive you home to make sure you’re safe and comfortable. In just a few days, your stitches usually dissolve.

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction if:

  • You have a wisdom tooth that won’t be able to grow in properly
  • It appears that your tooth might cause dental problems in the future that is avoidable now
  • You have trauma or crowding

Tooth extraction is often part of some cosmetic procedures, such as braces or treatments for gum disease. 

What can I expect after my tooth extraction?

Following your tooth extraction, your dentist reduces bleeding by placing a gauze pack on the extraction site. Leave the gauze in place for a minimum of 45 minutes. 

If you continue to bleed, remove the gauze and carefully apply a fresh, damp gauze to the area. A small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth slowly heals itself and forms a blood clot to fill in the bone where your tooth root was.

If you experience vomiting or nausea, increased bruising or swelling, severe pain, or heavier bleeding, visit PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for medical attention as soon as you can. 

Make sure you continue to floss and brush your teeth, but avoid the teeth surrounding the healing socket, so you don’t irritate it. 

Most people report little to no pain when healing from a tooth extraction. It usually takes around three weeks for the area to heal completely.

To learn more about tooth extractions, call PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, or schedule an appointment online today.