For tooth extractions in Virginia Beach, VA, call (757)-340-8155 to speak to one of our friendly team members.
In some cases, tooth removal is the only option to prevent further damage to your teeth. If you have severe gum disease, injuries to your face or mouth, or dental decay, our dentist, Dr. Waterman, can analyze your mouth to determine the best course of action and if extraction is a viable option.
At Waterman Family Dentistry, we have the education, equipment, and dental expertise to efficiently care for even the most inflamed or damaged teeth.
When Should You Consider Tooth Extraction?
Extraction should be one of your last options to deal with severe tooth damage. Before extracting a tooth, we will examine your overall oral health to identify any alternative treatment options. Generally, you should consider tooth extraction if you are experiencing:
- Tooth decay or infection
- Gum disease
- Crowded or Impacted teeth
- Broken or damaged teeth
Besides tooth decay and damage, the most common cause for tooth extractions is impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause irreparable damage to the rest of your mouth and lead to much more expensive, time-consuming dental work in the future.
What Happens During Tooth Removal?
Dr. Waterman will begin by injecting a local anesthesia that numbs the area around the affected tooth—you will likely only feel a slight pressure in your mouth when Dr. Waterman removes your tooth.
What Should You Do After Your Tooth Removal?
Following the extraction of your tooth or teeth, you need to make your oral health a priority. Immediately following your procedure, you can use an ice pack and over-the-counter painkillers to minimize pain and swelling, but the real work begins after you have time to recover.
Maintaining proper oral health can be as simple as following the suggestions below.
- Brush two times per day
- Limit alcohol and tobacco use
- Avoid colored drinks like coffee and soda
- Floss after every meal
- Schedule an exam and cleaning twice a year, even if you have no natural teeth remaining
- Wear protective mouth gear during high-impact risk activities
Following proper oral health guidelines can help you avoid additional tooth extractions, tooth loss, cavities, and gum disease. If you have any questions about how to maintain your oral health or about extractions in particular, please reach out to our office in Virginia Beach, VA.
Call Waterman Family Dentistry at (757)-340-8155 to book an appointment for a tooth extraction consultation or inquire about our other dental services.