Tooth Extraction In Richmond, VA

At Short Pump Dental, we are dedicated to keeping your teeth healthy and strong throughout your life. Sometimes, however, that means undergoing a tooth extraction in order to keep the rest of your teeth and mouth healthy.

Reasons For Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Tooth decay or trauma that is beyond repair
  • Severe gum disease
  • A primary (baby) tooth preventing a permanent tooth from properly erupting
  • Impacted teeth, meaning there is not sufficient amount of room in the jaw to erupt

Depending on your specific dental needs, your general dentist may suggest a tooth extraction in order to promote optimal oral health and development. 

What To Expect From A Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can take place either surgically or non-surgically, depending on the location of the tooth and any complications. Prior to the procedure, our dentists and staff apply a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and the surrounding area. During the procedure, the dentist skillfully maneuvers the tooth to remove the fibers holding it in place. Sometimes, a lab-made bone graft is inserted in the extraction site in order to preserve the bone volume of the jaw. By the time that your anesthesia wears off, your procedure will be a thing of the past. 

After Tooth Extraction

After the tooth is removed, your Richmond dentist will cover the socket with gauze to control bleeding and may apply a few stitches if necessary. It is common to experience some discomfort and swelling for no more than a few days. During this time, over-the-counter painkillers can be used to make you more comfortable, as well as a soft food diet. 

Visit Your General Dentist in Short Pump!

Though nothing to be scared of, tooth extractions are relatively rare. In general, if you adhere to a quality dental hygiene routine and regular cleaning visits, you can expect to have healthy teeth for life. If you are experiencing tooth pain or are due for a dental check-up, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve good health!