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Dental Extractions in Manassas, VA
Having a tooth pulled at the dentist is never something you look forward to, but it’s sometimes necessary to keep your smile healthy. If you have an infected tooth, have experienced an injury, or are undergoing orthodontic intervention, a dental extraction may be required. Fortunately, extracting a problematic tooth sounds scarier than it is. At Dentistree of Manassas, Dr. Seto and our compassionate team can help make your tooth extraction a smooth experience. Here’s what you should know about how a dental extraction could benefit you before scheduling your appointment.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves removing a problematic tooth. Dental treatments are most commonly aimed at preventing or treating oral health diseases in order to keep one’s natural teeth for as long as possible, but in some cases, keeping a tooth would result in more oral health problems than benefits.
Why Would I Need to Have a Tooth Pulled?
Having a tooth pulled could be necessary for a variety of reasons, including:
- Mouth trauma or injury
- Having too many teeth in your mouth
- Infection or severe decay
- Orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom teeth
Is Tooth Removal Painful?
Damaged teeth that need to be removed can often cause pain, which can lead patients to think that removing the tooth would also be painful. This simply isn’t true. In fact, your dental extraction at Dentistree of Manassas shouldn’t be painful at all. Before Dr. Seto removes your tooth, the surrounding area will be thoroughly numbed with a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing. If you’re concerned about pain during your procedure, please discuss your anesthetic options during your initial consultation.
What are the Side Effects of Having a Tooth Pulled?
The primary side effect of having a tooth removed is that your surrounding teeth will eventually shift to fill in the empty hole left behind. This is inevitable and can cause other dental problems over time if not addressed. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to replace the missing tooth with a bridge or dental implant. Dr. Seto can help you determine which option would be best for your lifestyle and oral health needs.
What is the Recovery Time of a Tooth Extraction?
Recovering from a tooth extraction is usually very fast. Most patients feel back to normal within a day or two. Resting, keeping ice on your face, and taking over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve discomfort.
Protect Your Oral Health at Dentistree of Manassas
If you need to have a tooth pulled at the dentist, don’t worry. The trusted team at Dentistree of Manassas is eager to help you restore your oral health in a safe, comfortable setting. Contact our office today to learn more about dental extractions and your restorative dental options. We look forward to helping your smile stay healthy and beautiful for a lifetime!