Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC

General Dentist located in Washington, DC

Sometimes, a tooth becomes decayed or damaged beyond repair. While general dentist Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, strives to save your teeth whenever possible, he also performs tooth extractions at his private practice in Washington, DC, when necessary. If you have a severely broken or decayed tooth that may need to be pulled, call the Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC office or book an appointment online today.

Extractions Q & A

Why would I need a tooth pulled?

If your tooth is badly broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda first tries to fix it with a filling or other dental restoration procedure. Sometimes, the damage is too severe for the tooth to be saved. In these cases, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may suggest pulling the tooth.

Other common reasons you would need a tooth pulled include:

  • Tooth is too loose to work on
  • Crowded teeth
  • Severe infection
  • Risk of infection
  • Compromised immune system
  • Problematic wisdom teeth
  • Baby teeth that never fell out

What should I expect from a dental extraction procedure?

First, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda examines your teeth to determine whether he can correct the problem. He may take X-rays to evaluate the condition of your teeth.

If you need a dental extraction, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Depending on the extent of your procedure, he may suggest sedation or general anesthesia as well. Then, he removes your tooth using specialized instruments. He may use self-dissolving stitches to close your gum tissue or just pack the area with gauze.

What is recovery like after a dental extraction?

While you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure, you may begin experiencing discomfort as soon as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Recovery from a tooth extraction generally takes a few days.

Dr. Nkutu Kirunda provides you with detailed instructions on how to best care for your extraction. These may include the following tips to help reduce the risk of infection and speed recovery time:

  • Take pain-killing medicines, if prescribed
  • Apply an ice pack
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours
  • Gently rinse with salt water after 24 hours
  • Don’t drink from a straw
  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing and flossing

Once your mouth is healed, you should have the missing teeth replaced as soon as possible. Failure to replace missing teeth can cause unwanted shifting of the remaining teeth, bone deterioration, or other problems. Dr. Nkutu Kirunda discusses your best options for tooth replacement, which may involve dentures, dental bridges, or implants.

If you suspect you may need a tooth pulled, don’t hesitate to get treatment. Call Dr. Nkutu Kirunda or book an appointment online today.