Do you have impacted wisdom teeth? We provide tooth extraction treatment in our Suffolk, VA dental office. At Gwaltney Dental, Dr. Whitney Gwaltney, Steve Gwaltney, and Dr. J. Ryland Gwaltney offer general dentistry treatments to help maintain the health of the teeth and gums. Tooth extractions are needed when teeth are severely infected, damaged, or overcrowded. We can also remove impacted teeth that can cause pain for some patients.
When is a Tooth Extraction Needed?
There are several reasons why patients require tooth extraction treatment, including:
- Cavities: Cavities are caused when bacteria erode the enamel and infect the pulp within the tooth chamber. Root canal treatment can remove this infection and reseal the tooth with a dental filling. However, if the tooth is severely infected and weakened, it will need to be removed.
- Orthodontic treatment: Overcrowded teeth affected by malocclusion, also known as tooth misalignment, may require the extraction of one tooth to make space for remaining teeth. Tooth extraction treatment is needed for more severe cases of malocclusion and overcrowding. Then, patients can undergo orthodontic care.
- Wisdom tooth extraction: The wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, and are the last teeth to emerge. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the teeth do not have enough room to emerge. This can cause pain and even infection. We suggest that patients with painful wisdom teeth receive tooth extraction treatment.
Tooth Extraction Treatment
Some patients may think that a tooth extraction is painful, but we will numb the area for pain-free treatment. During the extraction procedure, we loosen the tooth gently and then remove it. Then, we pack the socket with gauze. We can easily replace an extracted tooth with a single dental implant after tooth extraction treatment. We recommend that patients eat soft foods and apply an icepack to the side of their face to combat swelling. Patients can also brush and floss regularly but take care to avoid the socket.
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Remove infected, painful, or overcrowded teeth with comfortable care in our Suffolk, VA office. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists online or call us at 757.982.8467.