Tooth extractions are only performed in cases where removing the tooth will benefit your long-term oral health. Patients with severely decayed or damaged teeth may benefit from a tooth extraction. A patient who requires a tooth extraction may choose to replace their missing tooth with a dental implant depending on the location of the tooth.
Dr. Suman Chibb always aims to provide the most conservative treatment option to restore health to the teeth and gums. Whenever possible tooth decay will be treated with a dental filling or using dental inlays and onlays. Fillings, inlays and onlays preserve the natural structure of the tooth for a more stable oral foundation.
A tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that is typically performed in one visit. Patients are made comfortable and may choose to receive a local anesthetic.
The tooth set for removal will be loosened from the gums at the root. The tooth will gently be rocked back and forth until it can be removed. Once the tooth is removed the empty root socket will be sutured shut to prevent potential infection. Patients typically recover smoothly and without incident in one to two days.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
You will experience some discomfort after the extraction. It may take a few days for you to recover. Dr. Chibb will provide you with aftercare instructions, and may prescribe painkillers to minimize your pain. Your rate of recovery depends on you following these tips:
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after the extraction
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with salt and warm water solution
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood
- Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
- Do not smoke
- Eat soft foods only
- Apply ice to the affected area to help keep down the swelling.
- Brush and floss your teeth but be sure to avoid the extraction area
If you notice an excessive pain, swelling or bleeding, contact our Owings Mills dentist office immediately. Dr. Chibb will provide patients with thorough post-surgery instructions.
3 Reasons For Tooth Extractions
When necessary, we may perform an extraction, which involves carefully and gently removing a tooth. While most of our treatments are designed to save teeth, in some cases improving your oral health means removing them. What are our most common reasons for extracting a tooth?
Common Reasons for Dental Extraction
- Preventing Wisdom Tooth Impaction: Our wisdom teeth are additional molars that erupt in our late teens or early 20s. In some cases, they arrive without issue. However, in many cases they can become impacted, only partially erupting and damaging your teeth. Issues related to impaction include infection, abscesses, and cracked or broken teeth. However, using extraction we can remove these additional molars before they even erupt.
- Addressing Severe Tooth Infection: When a patient comes to us with an infection, we can often save the tooth with a simple root canal procedure. However, if the infection is too severe then we may need to remove the tooth. Otherwise, the infection can spread to surrounding teeth and into the jawbone. After removal, we can discuss possible replacement options, such as a dental implant.
- Severely Damaged Teeth: If a tooth is broken, but so damaged that a crown can’t restore it, we may use an extraction to remove it. This prevents the exposed tooth from developing severe decay or an infection. As with all extractions, we will administer a local anesthetic prior to removal to help the patient remain calm and relaxed. For anxious patients, we can also discuss sedation.
If you have any questions about our approach to tooth removal, or our tooth replacement options, please contact our office today: Schedule a visit online