Ronald W. Householder, DDS
General Dentist & Aesthetics Specialist located in Tazewell, VA
In a perfect world, you’d keep all of your natural, permanent teeth, but that isn’t always possible. If there’s no way to preserve one or more of your teeth, an extraction may be necessary. At Ronald W. Householder, DDS, PLLC in Tazewell, Virginia, Dr. Householder offers safe, effective extractions in a comfortable, sterile environment. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or another similar issue, call or use the online booking tool and request your consultation today.
Tooth Extractions Q & A
Why would I need an extraction?
Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but accidents, injuries, and decay happen. Dr. Householder regularly performs dental extractions to address:
- Gum disease
- Wisdom teeth
If you have a weakened immune system due to chemotherapy treatment or an autoimmune disorder, Dr. Householder may also recommend an extraction to prevent further infection.
What types of extractions do you offer?
Dr. Householder performs various types of extractions, including:
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- Non-impacted third molars
- Soft tissue impactions
- Extractions for orthodontics
- Partial bony extractions
The team doesn’t extract bony impactions or impacted third molars but, if necessary, they can refer you to a provider in the area who does.
How do I prepare for an extraction?
Dental extractions are safe and well-tolerated, but like any operation, harmful bacteria can enter your bloodstream. If you have a medical history of infections or immune-related disorders, it’s important to share this information with Dr. Householder.
You should also bring a list of any prescription medications, supplements, or vitamins you’re taking. Doing so significantly lowers your risk of complications like an allergic reaction.
What happens during an extraction?
Dr. Householder performs extractions on-site in their comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities.
Prior to operating, Dr. Householder administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums; he also offers nitrous oxide which can help you relax. (Nitrous oxide is covered by most dental insurance, but every provider is different. It’s worth checking before you schedule an extraction.) Dr. Householder then uses a pair of forceps to carefully extract your tooth.
If you have a soft tissue impaction, incisions may be necessary. This involves Dr. Householder making a small cut in your gum tissue and using forceps to carefully break the ligaments holding your teeth in place.
What is recovery like following an extraction?
Following your extraction, Dr. Householder writes a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers and sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. In the first 24 hours, it’s normal to experience bruising, bleeding, and general discomfort.
Take your medications as prescribed, apply an ice pack to your cheek to relieve swelling, and give yourself time to rest. If you’re a smoker, stop. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can prevent healing and increase your risk of complications.
To learn more about extractions, request a consultation at Ronald W. Householder, DDS, PLLC by calling the office or using the online booking tool.