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IMPORTANT HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

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