Wisdom Teeth Removal Sterling, VA

Wisdom Teeth Removal An Overview

Ridgetop Dental offer experienced care for the extraction of wisdom teeth in Sterling, VA. The wisdom teeth are the last molars that develop on each side of your jaw. Wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure for young adults in their late teens to early 20’s as this is when the wisdom teeth typically begin to emerge. Our Northern Virginia family dentist office provides complete wisdom teeth removal services for patients of all ages. Your Ridgetop dentist will monitor the development of a growing child’s wisdom teeth and make recommendations at the opportune time as needed to remove them and support long term dental health.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed because of the issues or potential issues they may cause. This may be that the jaw is not large enough to accommodate them or they become impacted in the bone. Some people have wisdom teeth that will grow sideways leading to pressure on your other molars which will lead to teeth shifting and crooked teeth. They may also present a potential overcrowding problem that will detrimentally affect the bite.

Why are tooth extractions recommended?

Tooth extraction may be recommended for maintaining optimal oral health in several circumstances:

  • Severe tooth damage or decay
  • Prior to orthodontic care in the case of tooth crowding
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted or affecting dental health

The team at Ridgetop Dental in Northern Virginia performs tooth extractions when deemed necessary in the comfort of our state of the art Reston or Sterling dentist office. Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw or Dr. Sensenbrenner will discuss all aspects of your tooth extraction, as well as toot replacement options when necessary. Ridgetop Dental offers sedation dentistry to make your extraction procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Wisdom Teeth Removal What to Expect

The tooth extraction process is generally a quick and relatively simple procedure in most cases. We will administer the anesthetic or dental sedation decided upon and make sure you are comfortable before beginning the extraction.

To remove a tooth, your dentist will use special tools to release the small ligaments holding the tooth in place. Using a gentle rocking motion, your tooth will slowly be pulled from the socket and disconnected from the root. This is when most patients will feel pressure in the jaw, but there is typically little to no pain during the procedure.

Once complete, we will clean the socket and place gauze to put pressure on the wound and minimize bleeding. We will provide specific after care instructions to help you recover as quickly as possible. This can include a soft diet and the use of an antibacterial or salt water rinse for preventing infection. Most patients recover fully within a day or two after the procedure. If you experience any sharp pains, excessive bleeding, or swelling, be sure to contact us.

Dental Implants to Replace the Missing Teeth

If your tooth was extracted due to damage or decay, Dr. Datta will recommend immediate placement of a dental implant to replace the tooth. It is important to replace that tooth as soon as possible because even a single missing tooth can lead to oral health issues. Lost teeth can increase the risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and bite problems. It will also lead to bone loss in your jaw and will cause your teeth to shift which will affect your bite.

Dental implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution when compared to other tooth restorations. They are the only option that will actually replace the tooth root which prevents bone loss. They are the most expensive tooth replacement option but they also require the least maintenance. To qualify for a dental implant, you must be in good overall health and have enough bone structure to support the implant. We offer other restoration options including a dental bridge or a denture, depending on the number and location of the missing teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs

How painful is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is not as painful as you think. The process is quick and will not require you to be sedated. You will be given a dose of local anesthesia to make sure that you don’t feel a thing during treatment and a few hours after.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Recovery times vary from patient-to-patient. The socket itself needs about two to four weeks to fully heal after an extraction. You will need to take it easy for the first couple of days after extraction to prevent the socket from opening up and causing issues.

When can I eat normally after tooth extraction?

Refrain from eating hard and chewy foods for the first couple of days. Stick to soup and very soft foods for the first 48 hours. You can damage your tooth socket if you do not follow instructions. Dry socket is a painful dental condition that occurs if a socket is not properly cared for after a tooth extraction.

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