Surgical Dental Services (Teeth Removal)
Despite our best efforts to save a tooth, sometimes extraction is the only alternative. If this is necessary, we are your Springfield dentist and are committed to providing you with the most comfortable, pain-free procedure possible.
Our preventive services include:
Single tooth extractions
Factors leading to extraction include:
-Substantial tooth decay
-Badly cracked or broken teeth
No one likes the idea of losing a tooth, however there are options we can provide to fill the empty space or replace the tooth, such as:
The idea of having a tooth extracted is scary for some. Don’t worry though, as with our gentle and pain-free sedation methods you have nothing to fear.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding extractions call us at Grace Dental of Virginia (703) 870-7784.
Complicated surgical extractions
Include extractions of retained roots, impacted or partially impacted teeth. While many people will have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, they are often removed to prevent more serious issues like an abscess. These teeth generally begin to surface in the late teens to early 20s, and many times, they become impacted as they develop, growing sideways into the other teeth or angled forward. Wisdom teeth may erupt from the gum line or may still be set in the jaw. Teeth that are only partially erupted may present other issues as these teeth are difficult to clean and care for. Extractions are typically handled by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon on an outpatient basis. Most extractions are done as a preventative measure to safeguard against changes in the alignment of the teeth during orthodontics or more serious complications.
During a surgical extraction, Dr. Jarwa will administer adequate local anesthesia with an option of sedation which will render the patient relaxed but conscious. The patient experience with oral surgery will vary based on how complicated the extraction performed is.
-All procedures will begin with a consultation process where you will be shown any issues, current or potential, with your teeth along with a course of action.
-Regardless of the type of anesthetic used, you will experience numbness and possibly difficulty chewing or speaking following your procedure. However, this is only temporary.
-Recovery time will vary based on what type of procedure was used. A surgical extraction will require more time to heal.
-Inflammation is generally greater after surgery, so you may be given instructions for managing pain and swelling.
-Your dentist will provide you with a list of foods to avoid and tell you how to care for your wounds during your recovery period.
-Bruising around the face or blood oozing from the wound is normal and will resolve in a few days.
-Stitches may or may not be used to close the incision. Some stitches will dissolve on their own while others require a follow-up visit to remove.
-You will also need to abstain from smoking during the first 24 hours following surgery and should avoid activities that may loosen the blood clots, such as drinking through a straw or rinsing your mouth out.
Bone graft immediately after extraction site preservation
When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing, which can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affects your ability to speak and chew.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and lay out a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow-up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.
Oral pathology is the specialty that identifies and treats diseases of the mouth and maxillofacial region. Diagnosis is completed through radiographic, microscopic, biochemical and other in-office examinations. Oral pathologists provide biopsy services for dentists and offer their clinical diagnosis based on their findings. Some of the diseases that oral pathologists diagnose include mouth and throat cancer, mumps, salivary gland disorders, ulcers, odontogenic infection, and others