Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlottesville, VA

Although dentists are dedicated to saving a tooth before removing it, an extraction is sometimes the best option. Nicholas Bottorff, DDS, and the team at Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville can evaluate all your options and, if a tooth extraction is necessary, they make your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. When you have damaged teeth, dental pain, or you need an extraction, call the office in Charlottesville, Virginia, or book an appointment online today.

Extractions Q&A

What dental problems require tooth extraction?

Teeth often need to be extracted or removed when they’re too damaged or decayed to be saved. Whenever possible, your provider uses other treatments like a crown or root canal to preserve your natural tooth, but sometimes there isn’t enough healthy tooth to restore.

Broken teeth can be sources of infection and can cause other serious problems throughout the body. You may need an extraction if your jaw is too small to hold all of your teeth. Extraction is also a common procedure for removing wisdom teeth, which can become impacted if they’re allowed to erupt normally. The office has x-ray technology that allows them to take images of all your teeth in a quick 30-second scan.

What happens before my tooth extraction?

Before an extraction, your dentist performs a thorough dental exam and reviews your medical and drug history to ensure you don’t have problems that may prevent dental surgery. You may need to undergo treatment to eliminate an infection or stop taking certain medications prior to the extraction.

After reviewing your X-rays and evaluating the tooth’s position and the condition of the underlying bone, your provider determines the type of extraction and type of anesthesia you may need.

Although many extractions use a local anesthetic, you may want additional sedation if the extraction is complex or more than one tooth is being removed.

How is a tooth extracted?

The extraction depends on the root placement and the condition of the tooth. If your tooth is above the gum line, your provider may only need to loosen it and then pull it out.

If the tooth is impacted or broken at or below the gum line, it may be necessary to perform a simple procedure to facilitate tooth removal.

After the tooth is removed, your provider may place bone-grafting material into the socket to preserve the bone and promote healing.

You’ll receive specific self-care instructions to follow after an extraction. It’s especially important to allow a blood clot to form, which means eating a soft diet for a few days and avoiding swishing fluids, sucking through a straw, and smoking.

If you have damaged teeth or any questions about tooth extraction, call Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville, or book an appointment online.