It is not ideal to have a dental extraction. The best option is to keep your natural tooth whenever possible. And sometimes, such as with root canal therapy, that can be a reality. However, no matter how good your oral hygiene is, and how committed you are to twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings, circumstances can lead to the point where a tooth can no longer be saved. And when that happens, you can count on our dentist in Pikesville MD to perform the extraction smoothly, with expertise, and with very little discomfort for you.
Before the process of removing the tooth begins, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area to be worked on. Our dentist in Pikesville MD wants to make certain that you feel no pain, just pressure as the tooth is being extracted. Not every dental extraction is the same. It depends on the specific tooth and where it is located. In some cases, the tooth may have to be taken out in pieces. This will not have any affect on how you feel during it, and the procedure will still be safe and effective, so there is no need to worry. When the tooth has been fully extracted, stitches may be needed to close the wound. You will be offered gauze to stem any minor bleeding, which is a natural consequence of oral surgery. Store-bought pain relievers along with holding an ice pack against your face should combine to sufficiently combat pain and swelling. You should also rinse frequently with salt water during the first 24 hours afterward, and eat soft foods only.
Options for tooth replacement can be discussed, since missing teeth can be unsightly and cause your other teeth to shift. What is most important is that you call us to book an appointment with our dentist in Pikesville MD when pain or other symptoms related to your tooth are bothering you.