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Tooth extractions are one of the most common dental procedures performed in our office. You may need a tooth extraction if you have a crowded mouth, infection, are at risk for an infection, or are dealing with gum disease.

Before pulling your tooth, a dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If your tooth is impacted, they will remove gum and bone tissue and use forceps to gently rock the tooth and loosen it.

As soon as the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot will form in the socket. You can expect the dentist to place gauze into the socket and have you bite down on it to prevent bleeding. In some cases, the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the site of extraction. These stitches will usually dissolve on their own in several days.

If you receive stitches, you should refrain from fiddling with them with your mouth or tongue. In addition, it’s a good idea to use salt water mouthwash until your stitches have dissolved and you have completely healed from the extraction.

After your tooth extraction, you’ll be provided with very specific aftercare instructions and sent home to begin the recovery process.

Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are wondering whether you’re in need of a tooth extraction or have any questions about undergoing one, schedule an appointment at our office today by calling 703-348-2818. We look forward to meeting you!