A tooth extraction procedure is one of those situations that inspires a good deal of anxiety among some people. Although the situation that leads to this necessity is certainly serious, and all types of medical procedures are to be taken seriously, most extractions actually go far easier than many people anticipate.
Although having a tooth extracted is not something that you would prefer, sometimes it is unavoidable. Some reasons why you might need a tooth extracted include:
One common reason why teeth need to be extracted is the development of wisdom teeth. These teeth develop in the back of the mouth when a person is in early adulthood. Our bodies have evolved to not need these additional teeth, and the human jawbone often cannot accommodate these extra teeth, leading to problems.
One common problem that wisdom teeth can cause is when there is insufficient space for them to erupt; they can come in at a difficult angle, such as rubbing up against other teeth. This can be an uncomfortable situation and can, at a minimum, lead to difficulty cleaning the teeth. If you can’t properly clean your teeth, this can lead to tooth decay.
In many cases, wisdom teeth are removed before any problem develops, as these teeth are not really necessary. In other cases, your dentist may adopt a wait-and-see approach.
The first day or two after your tooth extraction requires the most attention and care, since this is the period when you’ll be doing most of your healing. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions, which may include:
Are you considering having one or more teeth extracted? Do you have a child who has emerging wisdom teeth? If you need more information about tooth extractions, please contact us or schedule a consultation. New patients are always welcome!
Call our friendly team at (703) 368-9777 if you need assistance with a dental emergency in Manassas, VA.