Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven
2100 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
While dentists want to save their patient’s teeth, there are times when removing the tooth is the best course of action. The extraction procedure is straightforward. First, your dentist numbs the area, loosens the tooth and then extracts it with forceps. Dental extractions, also called simple extractions, can take less time than the local anesthesia takes to numb your tooth and gums.
You will need an examination by your dentist before he or she can determine the fee that you will pay because we base the fee on the type of extraction you need and whether there are any associated fees, such as nitrous oxide. Call our office to schedule your exam to find out what your extraction will cost.
A surgical extraction is oral surgery, typically needed when a tooth hasn’t emerged and a dentist will have to cut your gum to get the tooth out. You may need stitches after a surgical extraction.
We often see new patients who come in pain, and while our goal is to save their tooth, there are times when we have no choice but to extract it. Keep reading to discover the main reasons for teeth extractions.
If the crack or break damages the root, it is impossible to restore the tooth, leaving tooth extraction the only option. When severe decay extends into the gum and there is an infection, the only choice is extraction in many cases. Our dentist will discuss options to replace the tooth with you, such as a bridge or implant, so your remaining teeth do not shift.
Your child might need a baby tooth extracted because of overcrowding, decay too extensive to fill or an infection.
Advanced periodontal disease causes the gums to recede and damages the ligaments that connect a tooth to the jawbone. If the tooth is loose and causing you pain, we will extract it for you.
In many cases, patients don’t have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to emerge. Impacted wisdom teeth don’t come out or they only partially emerge and begin impacting the teeth next to them. If our dentist decides that extracting your wisdom teeth isn’t possible in our office, you’ll receive a referral to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction.
The goal of braces is to properly align your teeth, which cannot occur if there are too many teeth to fit in your jaw. This is one of the few times dentists pull healthy teeth, but straight teeth are more than a cosmetic concern; crooked teeth are nearly impossible to clean properly. Not being able to clean your teeth well can result in gum disease, the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.
Our dentist will supply you with complete instructions, but generally, you cannot do anything that will cause suction in your mouth during the first day. Drinking through a straw, smoking and other activities may dislodge the blood that forms. Limit your activities and avoid crewing or brushing near the extraction site. Additionally, you should avoid any strenuous activity for a day or two and follow your dentist’s guidelines for pain relief and using an ice pack to reduce any swelling.
Your tooth extraction healing time depends on the size of the tooth removed. With simple extractions, the wound will heal in one to two weeks, but if the tooth was a molar, healing will take long. Surgical extractions also take longer to heal.
If you are concerned that you may need a tooth pulled, call our office at (757) 394-8734 to schedule an exam. We will try to save the tooth, but if it isn’t possible, we will do everything possible to ensure your tooth extraction in Virginia Beach is quick and painless.