Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are performed when teeth have become excessively problematic due to decay, damage, or other reasons, and need to be removed from the mouth to maintain oral health. Because dentists make every effort to preserve teeth, extractions are only necessary when absolutely nothing more can be done for the affected tooth. Some teeth are simply extracted, such as wisdom teeth, while other teeth may be extracted and then replaced with a dental prosthetic.

Did You Know?

Some circumstances requiring tooth extractions cannot be prevented. This is especially the case with wisdom teeth or malformed teeth. However, other circumstances requiring tooth extractions, such as severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, and damaged teeth can be prevented by proper dental hygiene and dental care.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a tooth extraction?

Only a dentist can diagnose the need for a tooth extraction. However, you may need a tooth extraction if you have severely decayed or damaged teeth, or if your wisdom teeth have begun to erupt. In some cases, misaligned baby teeth may also need to be extracted to prevent damage to the permanent teeth. To find out if you need a tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today!

What should I expect during my tooth extraction at Glen Park Family Dentistry?

At Glen Park Family Dentistry, your extraction will be scheduled for a later date. On the morning of your extraction, you may be required to fast for a designated amount of time, depending on your procedure and the type of sedation you will be receiving. Simple extractions, or extractions where the tooth is completely above the gum line, can usually be performed under local anesthesia. With local anesthesia, you will remain conscious and may feel sensations of pressure. Surgical extractions, or extractions where the tooth is partially or all under the gum line, will usually require general anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious.

What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow after my extraction?

After your extraction, you will be provided with post-treatment instructions to ensure proper and quick healing. These instructions will revolve around taking possible pain medications and antibiotics, keeping the extraction site clean, and temporarily modifying your diet. Additionally, you will need to avoid smoking or drinking from a straw to prevent dislodging the blood clot in the socket that protects the underlying nerves and blood vessels. Dislodging this blood clot can cause a painful condition called dry socket. A dry socket causes the underlying nerves and bones to be exposed to external elements. This will cause pain and possible infection. If you look into your mouth and see bone, are experiencing throbbing pain in your jaw, have bad breath, or are experiencing a bad taste in your mouth, call our office immediately. For a full-range of high-quality dental care, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today! Glen Park Family Dentistry proudly serves Glen Burnie, MD and the surrounding communities.
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