Our practice offers dental extractions in Hedgesville, WV. A dental extraction, also known as exodontia, is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist's office. The procedure involves removing or pulling a tooth. A surgical extraction may be necessary on certain teeth.

Reasons for Surgical Extractions

Dental extractions may be performed to minimize overcrowding or in preparation for braces. An extraction may also be performed to remove the following types of teeth:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Impacted teeth

What to Expect from Dental Extractions in Hedgesville, WV

More complex extractions may need to be performed by an oral surgeon. Surgical extraction is commonly performed on teeth that have broken at the gum line or have not descended into the mouth, such as wisdom teeth. The extraction procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.

Recovery from a Dental Extraction

After their procedure, patients may wish to aid their recovery process by doing the following:

  • Eating only soft food for the first few days after the proceedure
  • Drinking without a straw because one might irritate their gums and induce bleeding
  • Applying ice to the external area
  • Rinsing their mouth out with warm saltwater
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication

Antibiotics may be prescribed to fight infection.

Most patients recover completely from a dental extraction within one to two weeks.

Complications from a Surgical Extraction

The dental extraction procedure is safe for most patients with minimal to no complications. While most complications are rare, they may include:

  • Accidental damage to surrounding teeth
  • Fractured jaw
  • Soreness in the jaw
  • Dry socket or exposure of bone in the tooth socket
  • Infection

Schedule a Consultation

If you think you might be a candidate for surgical tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with Dental Arts of Hedgesville by calling (304) 754-8803 today!

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