If you need to have a tooth extracted, a dental implant can help restore your smile and protect your oral health. Rex Hoang, DMD, at DC Dental Spa both have implant certifications, as well as a great deal of experience in providing both extractions and dental implants. At their Washington, D.C., office, the dentists also offer VersahⓇ technology that can help if you have insufficient jawbone for a traditional implant. To learn more, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Trauma, decay, or crowding are common reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled. Other reasons for extractions include:
You might also need a tooth extracted if it develops an infection.
There are two types of extractions, simple and surgical:
When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. Dr. Rex first loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. They then use forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. In these cases, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum to access and remove the tooth.
In both a simple and surgical extraction, you’ll first be given a local anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, you may be given general anesthetic. You’ll sleep and be pain-free throughout the procedure, and should arrange for a ride home.
Generally, healing takes about a week as new bone and gum tissue replace the areas where your tooth was removed. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, depending on the scope of the procedure.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that looks and functions like your natural teeth. The procedure involves surgically implanting a titanium post into your jawbone to serve as the root for your new artificial tooth. These posts can also be used in other dental procedures, like bridges and dentures.
At DC Dental Spa, Dr. Rex is certified in dental implantation and place your implants using Versah technology. This technology uses a novel approach to bone drilling that its creators call “osseodensification.” It allows Dr. Rex to save bone bulk instead of excavating it, while compacting the bone tissue. This makes the tissue stronger, denser, and better able to hold implants.
After the post fuses with your jawbone and your mouth heals, your dentist attaches the new replacement tooth, or crown, to the titanium post permanently. Because the implants fuse to your jawbone, it makes them incredibly steady and secure.
To prepare your mouth for a dental implant, it may first be necessary to extract a decayed tooth or get a bone graft if there is insufficient bone thickness to accept the implant.
To be an ideal candidate for dental implants, your jaw must be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. You could also be a good implant candidate if you're irritated by dentures that slip, if it's time to replace a bridge or partial dentures, or if you’re looking for a more permanent, long-term solution to dental work.
With Versah technology, your chances of qualifying as a candidate for dental implants increase. Versah surgical tools don’t remove nearly as much bone as traditional drills do. So even if you have low bone mass, you still may have enough for implants.
To learn more about extractions and implants, call DC Dental Spa or schedule a consultation online today.