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Tooth Extraction services offered in Washington, DC

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure, one that can enhance the health or appearance of your smile. For residents in and around Washington, DC, Walter J Grace, DDS, is a great resource for simple and impacted tooth extractions. Scheduling a visit takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay getting the care you need for a healthy smile.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is the term used to describe the process of pulling a tooth. Many people need at least one extraction over the course of their life, and having a trusted dental professional can make the experience far easier to navigate.

Some of the reasons a tooth extraction might be needed include:

  • To create space when teeth are crowded
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • In preparation for radiation or certain types of chemotherapy
  • To remove a badly damaged or decayed tooth
  • To remove impacted wisdom teeth
  • To remove a baby tooth that is lodged between permanent teeth

Dr. Grace will discuss the need for a tooth extraction during your routine dental exams. 

What are the steps involved in tooth extraction?

You’ll receive a numbing injection at the beginning of the visit to ensure you rest comfortably from start to finish. Once the area is numb, Dr. Grace uses a dental tool called an elevator to rock the tooth in a back-and-forth motion, loosening the connection between tooth and bone. 

A set of forceps allows him to securely grasp the tooth and remove it from the socket. If the tooth is broken at the gumline or trapped in place, it may be necessary to break it into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.

You might feel a sensation of pressure during tooth extraction, but there is no pain. Once the tooth is removed, Dr. Grace will place a piece of gauze to stop bleeding and allow the healing process to begin.

You’ll receive thorough care instructions before you leave the office. Following those guidelines is essential to the healing process.  

What is wisdom tooth extraction?

Your wisdom teeth are a set of molars at the very back of your mouth. Many people don’t have enough room in their jaw to allow this third set of molars to emerge properly. 

Wisdom teeth can develop in a sideways position, possibly placing pressure on adjacent teeth and nerves. If they cannot erupt through the gums or are only partially erupted, they can cause dental issues like infection, tooth damage, or cysts. 

Removing impacted wisdom teeth requires a simple surgical procedure. Dr. Grace creates an incision in your gums to access the wisdom tooth and dislodge it from the jaw bone. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis, allowing you to head home afterward. 

If you’d like more information on tooth extraction, schedule a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Grace. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone.