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Tooth Extractions – Baltimore, MD

Preserving Your Smile by Removing Problem-Causing Teeth

Severely damaged and decayed teeth that can’t be treated can put your other healthy teeth at risk if the issue isn’t addressed. We’ll always try to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but in some situations, the best thing we can do for your smile is to remove a tooth. We offer pain-free tooth extractions in our Baltimore, MD dental office and several ways to help restore your smile to be fully functional and healthy.

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Why Choose Baltimore Dental Arts for Tooth Extractions?

Reasons Why Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Woman in pain in need of tooth extractions in Baltimore

The most common reason for extracting a tooth is because we can’t save it with dedicated restorations or root canal therapy. Teeth typically become too damaged to save for the following reasons:

Keep in mind that we want to do everything possible to protect the health of your mouth first, which in certain circumstances could require the removal of a tooth. This is most common when an infection or other oral health problems that can spread have developed.

The Process of Removing a Tooth

Dentist holding tooth after performing tooth extractions in Baltimore

Removing a damaged tooth that exists above the gum line is a relatively simple process. Before starting, we’ll inject a local anesthetic into the area to make it completely numb. We’ll then gently shift the tooth out of its socket using a special instrument called an elevator. Once it breaks free, we’ll gently lift it out of your gums with a pair of dental forceps. To restore your smile, we offer several different tooth replacement solutions, like dental implants, and will be more than happy to walk you through your options after your procedure!

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Woman resting after tooth extractions in Baltimore

It’s essential that you practice thorough aftercare following your tooth extraction to keep your mouth healthy and prevent any complications from occurring. Thankfully, this is a relatively straightforward process. Keep the following tips in mind after you leave and feel free to call us at any time if you have questions:

Once you’re fully healed, you’ll want to start thinking about your options for replacing your tooth. This could involve a traditional bridge or a modern dental implant for better longevity, function, and esthetics.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?

The number one reason many patients won’t consider getting a tooth extracted, even when they need it, is because they believe it will hurt. At Baltimore Dental Arts, your dentist will do everything they know to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Thankfully, with modern anesthetics your mouth will be numbed to minimize discomfort. In fact, most patients say the most pain they have is in the first couple of days after the treatment. However, with proper pain management through medication and following your dentist’s aftercare instructions, you can ensure a more comfortable recovery.

Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?

Sometimes, patients wonder if they can leave the empty space between their teeth. After all, if no one can see it, does it really matter if it gets replaced? Yes, it does! Your smile is for far more than looking at. Each tooth in your mouth has a specific function from cutting and tearing to grinding your food. With missing teeth, it becomes harder to chew and process your meals into a digestible state. This could lead to indigestion or reflux, further damaging your teeth. Because of this, it’s recommended to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible.

What Are My Options for Replacing a Missing Tooth?

Depending on how many teeth you have extracted and where they are positioned, you may have several options for tooth replacement. For example, a dental bridge can replace one or two missing teeth in a row. However, there must be healthy teeth to attach to on either side of the gap. Dentures are another great tooth replacement option that many patients turn to if they have multiple missing teeth. These prosthetics can even replace an entire dental arch, helping to rebuild your smile seamlessly. Finally, there are dental implants. These titanium fixtures are placed into your jawbone and fuse with it. Afterward, the implant can be used to anchor a single crown, a bridge, or even dentures!

What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Time?

The most important thing you can do to speed up healing time is following your dentist’s pos-care instructions. Here’s a general list of steps you can take to ensure a speedy recovery process:

  • Get plenty of rest. This means no strenuous exercise or activity for the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t touch the formed blood clot with your hands or tongue.
  • Avoid acidic or spicy foods as they can irritate the extraction site. Stick to soft, bland foods for at least the first 24 hours.
  • Don’t drink through straws or create suction in your mouth, this could dislodge the clot and lead to a painful condition called dry socket.
  • Continue your oral hygiene routine but use warm salty water to rinse. Be very gentle and don’t spit, let the water fall from your mouth.
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