Extractions

Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD

Periodontist located in Chevy Chase, MD

Most commonly associated with the removal of wisdom teeth, dental extractions involve the removal of one or more teeth from their sockets. Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, performs dental extractions to improve and help maintain good oral health. If you need an extraction, call or make an appointment online today.

Extractions Q & A

Why are teeth extracted?

Of the many reasons Dr. Prokopets performs tooth extraction, the most common include:

  • Preparation for braces
  • Impaction and infection prevention
  • Severe bone loss from periodontal disease
  • A fracture in your tooth

A damaged or decayed tooth that Dr. Prokopets diagnoses as beyond repair with a filling or crown is also likely ready for extraction.


How are teeth extracted?

Dr. Prokopets takes great care to extract each tooth without difficulty. After you have proper anesthetic, very small instruments are used to minimize trauma to your gum and bone tissues during the extraction.

Dr. Prokopets begins by reviewing your medical and dental histories and taking oral X-rays. The X-rays enable her to determine the length, shape, and position of your tooth and the surrounding bone in relation to your sinuses, other teeth, jawbone, lip, and chin.

When necessary, Dr. Prokopets prescribes antibiotics based on the expected length of surgery and your medical history.


What are the aftercare instructions for tooth extraction?

When your extraction is complete, Dr. Prokopets instructs you to gently bite down on a piece of dry, sterile gauze for up to 30 minutes to limit bleeding and enable your body to create a clot.

When you get home, for the 24 hours following the tooth extraction, refrain from:

  • Smoking
  • Vigorous rinsing
  • Cleaning in and around the extraction site
  • Strenuous activity
  • Drinking hot beverages
  • Using a straw

Until your anesthesia wears off, it’s best to consume a liquid diet. Eating soft foods for the first few days after your extraction helps limit discomfort. For pain and discomfort that occurs after the anesthesia wears off, take over-the-counter pain relievers and set an ice pack on your face for 15 minutes at a time.

The day after Dr. Prokopets performs your extraction, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Be sure to resume a good oral care routine two days after Dr. Prokopets extracts your tooth. If your pain persists for more than three days or if complications occur, call Dr. Prokopets for further instructions.

If you require a tooth extraction to improve your oral health, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Eugenia Prokopets in Chevy Chase, Maryland.