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Dental Extractions – Falls Church, VA

Quick & Comfortable Specialty Tooth Removal

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To best serve our patients’ health and wellbeing, Purple Plum Dentistry offers several tooth extraction services here in our dental office. Our doctors and team members will address the situation with a gentle, precise touch that helps every stage of the removal go very smoothly. Better yet, we will start planning tooth reconstruction (if necessary) as early as possible so that the smile’s full structure and confidence is beautifully replenished right away. If you are in the greater Washington, D.C. area, please don’t hesitate to contact us today for further assistance.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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While wisdom teeth can be a healthy part of anyone’s smile if they align properly and have adequate space to emerge, this isn’t the case for many patients. Most modern jaws simply don’t contain enough extra room for their late arrival, which can lead to partial or full entrapment in the jawbone. They may even grow sideways! In order to protect patients from the threat of infection and oral pain, our team will closely monitor the development of wisdom teeth in children and teenagers and recommend extraction if needed.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

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We strive to help patients make the transition from failing teeth to a sturdy and reliable denture as smoothly as possible. Our team will effectively manage discomfort throughout the extraction process with sedation dentistry and other calming techniques. Please keep in mind that oral bleeding, swelling, elevated temperature, and a sore throat are likely to occur in the following days after surgery. We will provide detailed guidelines on how to best manage these post-operative symptoms until they dissipate.

Extraction Site Preservation

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When teeth are extracted from the mouth, jawbone shrinkage is a harmful consequence. As a result, replenishing a patient’s smile with dental implants may become tricky or even impossible over time. Thankfully, our in-house periodontist has the solution: extraction site preservation. This advanced technique involves the placement of bone grafting materials into the extraction site, helping us minimize deterioration over time for more predictable and healthy improvements.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

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Although you’ll want to keep as much of your natural teeth as possible, sometimes extracting one can be a life-saving decision. These situations may involve serious health issues like severe decay or damage to your pearly whites. Our team at Purple Plum Dentistry understands how overwhelming pulling a tooth can seem, so we’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions we get about the procedure. Keep reading or give us a call today if you wish to learn more about tooth extractions in Falls Church!

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Does Getting a Tooth Pulled Hurt?

If you’ve recently been told that a tooth extraction is recommended for you, then it’s best not to hold it off for later. While you might think the procedure hurts, it won’t be as bad as leaving your situation untreated and allowing any discomfort to grow. Our team will ensure that your mouth is numb before starting your procedure. Once we’ve completed the treatment, you may experience mild soreness for a few days after. This can easily be managed by following your post-op instructions to the letter and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as directed. If any pain persists or gets worse, make sure you visit us right away.

What’s the Recovery for Tooth Extractions Like?

You’ll be given a set of aftercare instructions after your procedure to help make your recovery as smooth as possible. One of the main things to look after during your healing period is the blood clot that’ll form at the surgical site. Not doing so can put you at risk of dry socket and make you more vulnerable to infection. For this reason, you must maintain a clean mouth to help speed up your recovery. In many cases, patients can brush, floss, and rinse within three days after their treatment.

Is There an Alternative to a Tooth Extraction?

This will depend on your situation. If you’re experiencing a severely decayed tooth, then root canal therapy might be an alternative treatment for you. Patients who are struggling with gum disease can instead get root scaling and planing to address the infection. Our team will only suggest tooth extractions if we determine it’s necessary to protect your dental health. By scheduling a consultation with our team, we’ll be able to assess your situation and decide the best option for your pearly whites.

Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?

You should not smoke after getting a tooth pulled. Using tobacco products or even e-cigarettes can interfere with your recovery process, making it more difficult for your blood clot to form. It’s best to quit this habit or at least avoid smoking for five days after your appointment. This will allow your surgical site the best chance to heal properly as well as prevent other complications like infections. If you’re having trouble avoiding this habit, feel free to reach out to our team! We’ll be more than happy to provide the support, resources, and guidance necessary for making this process easier for you.