Tooth extraction may become necessary for a number of different reasons. You may have an infected or damaged tooth, or perhaps your wisdom teeth need to be taken out before they cause serious problems. But how would you know if your tooth needs to be extracted? Dr. Roy Eskow in Bethesda, MD explains.
A Last Resort
In most cases, dentists view tooth extraction as a last resort. At Bethesda Dental Implant Center, we provide the most conservative treatment for your dental problems to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. If these conservative methods fail or we don’t believe that they’re feasible, that’s when a tooth extraction will be recommended.
Why Is A Tooth Extracted?
There are many reasons a tooth may need to be removed. If you’re suffering from severe tooth decay or have a tooth that’s been extremely damaged from some kind of trauma, the tooth may require extraction. Teeth are also removed in cases of overcrowding and other conditions which may cause problems with your day-to-day life.
Sometimes teeth are removed to help treat malocclusion. This is when your bite does not line up properly. Malocclusion can be the cause of many oral health problems, particularly TMJ disorders. An even bite that meets where it’s supposed to help to even out the pressure on your teeth when they close together. This lessens the chance of broken or cracked teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth typically erupt in the late teens or early twenties and very often require extraction. Very few people are able to hold onto their wisdom teeth throughout their entire life without any issues. Wisdom teeth can cause pain, overcrowding in your mouth, and can be more likely to suffer from tooth decay as they’re harder to reach.
Wisdom teeth can also get impacted in your jaw. This means that it’s at an odd angle and is stuck mostly under the gums, causing problems with your other teeth. Wisdom teeth are usually all removed at the same time through a surgical procedure. You’ll be sedated and the wisdom teeth will be removed before they cause too many problems.
The Extraction Process
Bethesda Dental Implant Center wants to make sure you have the optimum experience. For a simple tooth extraction, you’ll first receive local anesthetic around the tooth that’s being removed. If you suffer from dental phobia, we offer sedation dentistry options to make sure you’re calm and comfortable throughout the process.
Once you’re numb, the ligaments that connect the tooth to your bone will be slowly severed. The tooth is gently rocked back and forth in the socket to remove the actual tooth. When the tooth is out, the entire area will be cleaned and packed with gauze. This helps a blood clot to form in the cavity and also helps to keep out food particles and other hazards. You’ll receive aftercare instructions to make sure it heals well.
Tooth Extraction in Bethesda, MD
Have a tooth that may need to be removed? Call us at (301) 200-5222 or schedule an appointment online.