Tooth extractions can be the best treatment option for patients with impacted, overcrowded, or infected teeth. Horizon Family Dental Care offers tooth extraction treatment in Baltimore, MD as well as Clinton, Hanover, and La Plata. Some patients may think that extractions are painful procedures, but we use local anesthetic and dental sedation for a pain-free experience. Tooth extractions also alleviate the pain that is caused by dysfunctional teeth. Furthermore, tooth extractions are one of the general dentistry solutions that can prevent the development of future oral health problems.
What are Simple and Complex Tooth Extractions?
Dental extractions are often categorized as simple or complex. Simple tooth extractions remove teeth that are above the gum line. Complex tooth extractions remove teeth that are only partially erupted or below the gum line.
For tooth extraction treatments, we apply a local anesthetic to the treated area. If a patient is undergoing a complex tooth extraction, we will provide them with dental sedation. This sedation relaxes patients and alleviates tooth and gum pain during the procedure. After the tooth or teeth are removed, we will place gauze in the tooth socket. We prescribe patients with pain medication for a quick and comfortable recovery.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
If you have to replace your extracted tooth, we recommend an implant supported dental crown. Although you have several solutions, a dental implant restoration is the only solution that replaces the tooth at the root instead of just the crown portion. Before your extraction, we will discuss all your tooth replacement options.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Many patients need dental extraction treatment to remove impacted wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that erupt in the mouth and are found behind the back molars. They typically erupt when patients are in their late teens and early twenties, though they can appear later on in life. The wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means that they are not erupting properly. Wisdom teeth that do not have enough room to erupt can damage the molars and cause pain for many patients. Removing the wisdom teeth prevents dental damage and alleviates toothaches caused by impaction.
Do I Have to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Even if your wisdom teeth are not impacted, it is unlikely that they will erupt and be functional. In most cases, they are likely to cause harm. To start, they are very hard to reach. This makes it difficult to keep them clean with brushing and flossing. If you cannot be keep them clean, tooth decay or gum disease can develop.
Additionally, they can easily lead to overcrowding. Wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt. They can cause your other teeth to shift out of alignment. Most people will not experience any complications for uncomfortable symptoms right away. However, most dentists agree that removing them will help avoid very likely complications. It is standard practice to simply remove them before they become a problem and while the patient is young and recovery is easy.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Are your wisdom teeth causing pain in the back of your mouth? Do you have multiple infected teeth that need to be removed? Ask us about the tooth extraction procedure. Our Baltimore, MD dental office provides this service. You can request a dental appointment with us on our website. We look forward to meeting you at your next dental visit.