AB Reston Family Dental
Preet Bajwa, DDS
Dentist located in Reston, VA
Everyone wants to keep their teeth, but sometimes situations arise that require a tooth extraction. A crowded mouth, an infected tooth, or a compromised immune system might all lead to a situation where an extraction becomes the best choice. If you’re in the Reston, Virginia, area and would like to have a professional take a look at your teeth, click or call to book an appointment with Preet Bajwa, DDS, an expert in all areas of dental care practicing at AB Reston Family Dental.
Extractions Q & A
What are the reasons for pulling teeth?
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but trauma, decay, and crowding can severely damage them.
If the center of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected and doesn’t respond to antibiotics, pulling the tooth might be the best way to stop the pain and prevent further infection.
A crowded mouth, in which teeth aren’t properly aligned, is the most common reason the team at AB Reston Family Dental might suggest pulling a tooth.
Those are just a few of the scenarios in which Dr. Bajwa may recommend extraction.
Why might a compromised immune system make a tooth extraction necessary?
If your immune system is compromised by treatments such as chemotherapy or an organ transplant, the increased risk of infection may warrant pulling an infected tooth. That’s because an infection is more likely to spread when you’re in a more fragile state.
What can I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?
Dr. Bajwa will make sure you have a strong anesthetic and are utterly numb before he extracts your tooth. After the extraction, Dr. Bajwa and his team will carefully explain what steps to take, and what to avoid, over the next 24 hours as your mouth heals.
What is the aftercare for a tooth extraction?
Blood clots usually occur in the socket after a tooth is pulled. Dr. Bajwa always packs gauze into the affected socket to stop the bleeding that happens when you bite down.
- Other aftercare measures include:
- Ice extracted area for 10 minutes at a time
- Try to relax for at least the following 24 hours
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours
- Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
- When brushing or flossing, avoid the extraction site
- Prop your head up to decrease blood flow
There’s no reason to wait. Book a one-on-one with Dr. Bajwa now, so he can carefully examine your teeth and recommend the appropriate next step.