There are several reasons that teeth may need to be removed or extracted, including extensive decay, periodontal (gum) disease, or trauma that causes painful, abscessed, and/or loose teeth. In most non-emergency situations involving one or more teeth, our doctors will usually both evaluate and treat you during the same visit. If your general or family dentist has recently taken X-rays of all the teeth in question, please bring those X-rays with you when you visit or verify that they have been sent and received at either our Ashburn or Leesburg office.
Most people prefer not to return to work on the day they have a tooth extracted because of minor discomfort and post-operative bleeding. At the appointment, we will provide you with post-operative instructions, extra gauze packs, and any necessary prescriptions. For a few days after the extraction, you can expect mild to moderate discomfort. You may notice some swelling, bruising, or stretching of your lip. In general, you should start to feel better three to four days after your extraction. If you do not feel better, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you prefer to ‘go to sleep’ or be sedated, a pre-operative appointment is suggested so that we can discuss your anesthesia options. This also gives us the opportunity to review your medical history, determine what treatments or procedures are needed, and otherwise help you feel prepared for your procedure.
If you have a complex medical history and/or are taking a number of prescribed medications, we may need to discuss your treatment with your physician before treatment occurs. Please remember to bring a list of all the medications you are currently taking when you visit us for your first appointment.