At Elevated Dentistry, we want to help you enjoy your original smile for life. After all, your natural teeth will always be the ones that will serve you the best. But there may be times when a tooth has become so damaged or decayed that our dentist may suggest an appointment for a tooth extraction in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you have a tooth that has been giving you problems, call Elevated Dentistry at 434-979-1365 to plan your visit with Dr. Nicholas Bottorff.
Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. They can be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as severe decay or damage, crowding, and infection, or as part of orthodontic treatment. While the thought of having a tooth extracted can be daunting, understanding the process and what to expect can help ease any anxiety.
Before the extraction, our dentist will perform a thorough examination of your tooth and take X-rays to assess the shape, size and position of the tooth and its root. We will then numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize pain during the procedure. Depending on the complexity of the extraction, our dentist may also administer sedation to help you relax.
Once you are numb and comfortable, our dentist will use specialized tools to loosen the tooth from its socket and gently remove it. We may need to make incisions in the gums or remove some bone around the tooth to facilitate the extraction. If necessary, we will place sutures to help the gums heal properly.
Following the procedure, our dentist will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site and manage any discomfort. Some common tips include:
- Bite down gently on a piece of gauze for at least 30 minutes to help stop any bleeding.
- Apply an ice pack to your cheek for 10-20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.
- Avoid drinking through a straw, smoking or spitting for at least 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the extraction site.
- Take any prescribed pain medication as directed and use over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.
If you believe that you need a tooth extraction or have any concerns about your dental health, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our skilled and compassionate team is dedicated to providing top-notch care and helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.