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Tooth Extractions – Aspen Hill, MD

We Can Safely Remove Problematic Teeth

At the Dental Center of Aspen Hill, we want to do everything possible to help our patients preserve their natural teeth if we can. However, there are some circumstances where it’s actually better to remove a tooth that has become so damaged that it actually puts neighboring teeth at risk (as well as future oral health.) Keep in mind that extractions are only considered once we’ve examined all other treatment options. However, if you or a family member needs one, you can trust our team to make sure tooth extractions in Aspen Hill, MD are as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Why Choose the Dental Center of Aspen Hill for Tooth Extractions?

  • Soothing Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available
  • Team of Caring, Skilled Dental Experts
  • Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?  

Woman in need of tooth extraction holding jaw in pain

Our team will typically recommend an extraction in the following circumstances:

  • At least two-thirds of a tooth’s enamel is damaged by decay.
  • The overall structure of the tooth is completely compromised.
  • The supporting tooth has been weakened due to advanced gum disease.
  • Additional room is necessary in the mouth for another treatment (i.e., orthodontics or dentures).
  • Baby teeth are preventing proper development of adult teeth.

The Tooth Extraction Process  

dentist holding an extracted tooth with a dental instrument

More often than not, the tooth extraction process is a simple one. After numbing your mouth and making sure you’re comfortable, we gently shift the tooth back and forth with a clasping tool until it breaks free from its supportive tissues.

If the tooth is impacted (meaning it hasn’t fully emerged from below the gums), we may need to perform a surgical tooth extraction. In some cases, this involves making an incision in the gums to expose more of the tooth. However, in more complex situations, it may entail drilling into the jawbone or breaking the tooth into smaller pieces and removing them one by one. Each patient’s experience is unique, and we’ll go over the details with you before going through with the procedure.

What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction

man holding ice pack to his cheek

Following the removal of your tooth, we’ll provide you with specific, personalized instructions for ensuring a smooth recovery. To minimize discomfort, we’ll create a plan using prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medications. You can also hold a cold compress to your cheek in ten-minute intervals to cut down on pain and swelling. We’ll also give you guidelines for maintaining your oral hygiene, changing out the gauze pads, and what your diet should look like as you recover.

We’ll also warn you of signs of complications that you should watch out for. Call your emergency dentist in Aspen Hill right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Pain that increases rather than subsiding after the first two or three days
  • Severe sensitivity near the extraction site
  • Heat, swelling, or redness around the surgical site
  • Bleeding that continues after the first two days

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Man with orange question mark wondering about tooth extractions in Aspen HIll

With a fast and comfortable tooth extraction in Aspen Hill, we can safely remove problematic teeth to protect your smile and ease your pain. However, it’s completely natural to have some questions about this type of procedure before being comfortable with committing to your treatment plan. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about tooth extractions below so you can learn more about them. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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How Do I Prepare for a Tooth Extraction?

Preparing for your tooth extraction is just as important as following the aftercare instructions. Before your appointment, we’ll go over some specific instructions on how to prepare. These instructions will vary from patient to patient depending on the unique circumstances. We’ll go over what you should eat or drink the night before and morning of, what you may need to bring to the office, and if you should pick up the pain medication we prescribe. You’ll also likely need to arrange for a trusted adult to take you home after your procedure. It’s also a good idea to stock up on soft foods, plenty of beverages, and an approved otc pain reliever beforehand.

Do I Have to Replace a Tooth Once It’s Been Extracted?

Many patients who need a back tooth extracted think they don’t need to replace it. After all, if no one can see that gap in your smile, then why go to the trouble of replacing it? The truth is, it’s essential that you have your extracted tooth replaced right away to prevent a myriad of oral health issues. The neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the empty space, which will cause crooked teeth, jaw problems, and bite misalignment over time. A dental bridge or partial denture can help stop these problems, but only a dental implant will help prevent the jawbone deterioration and long-term oral health problems associated with tooth loss. Thankfully, we offer plenty of options when it comes to replacing extracted teeth.

What Are My Tooth Replacement Options?

Replacing a single extracted tooth can be done with a dental bridge, while several can be address with a partial denture. If you’re having all your teeth removed, a full denture may be necessary. All of these traditional options can now be paired with dental implants, which are small metal posts that are designed to replace the root structure of a missing tooth. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through all of your tooth replacement options and help you discover which one is right for you.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth Extractions?

While every insurance policy differs slightly, tooth extractions typically receive at least partial coverage of 50-80%. Our knowledgeable team has years of experience navigating the details of insurance plans and will be happy to help you determine what your coverage is when it comes to tooth extractions. You’ll always know the estimated price of your treatment before we begin.