We Are Open – Safety is Our Top Priority!
We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Our dentists try to save teeth, but not at all costs. If we feel the tooth couldn’t stand the work required to save it, our dentists will not put you through extensive procedures if we feel you’ll probably lose the tooth within a few months. If one of our dentists suggest you have a tooth pulled, it is your best option. Getting a tooth pulled does not hurt. You won’t feel anything but a little bit of pressure; the tooth will be out before you know it.
What’s the Average Cost for a Tooth Extraction?
We can’t tell you your tooth extraction cost until our dentist has had a chance to examine your tooth. We base your fee on the expected difficulty to remove the tooth and whether you need a surgical or a dental extraction. If you have dental insurance coverage, this may affect the total cost. Call one of our 11 offices to set up an appointment and your dentist can tell you your anticipated cost after an examination.
What Is a Surgical Tooth Extraction?
Oral surgeons perform surgical extractions when the tooth isn’t visible in a patient’s mouth because it is broken near the gum or impacted. The oral surgeon has to make an incision in your gum to remove the tooth. Like dental extractions, surgical extractions are not painful. You’ll receive a stronger anesthesia and have to have someone drive you home afterward.
When Would a Having a Tooth Pulled Be My Only Option?
We prefer to save teeth but it isn’t always possible. Severe decay, which can cause excruciating pain, can render a tooth unrestorable, even with a root canal. There are other situations where losing a tooth is inevitable listed below. We develop a treatment plan with you to replace the tooth before pulling it, which is usually an implant or a bridge. Living with a missing tooth makes it difficult to chew and speak clearly. We suggest you replace a missing tooth within a few months on an extraction to avoid your teeth from shifting.
Will a Dentist Pull a Broken or Severely Decayed Tooth?
First, our dentist will see if a root canal can save a tooth where the decay or break reaches the pulp. If a root canal isn’t feasible, our dentist will perform a tooth extraction to stop your pain.
Why Do Dentists Sometimes Pull Baby Teeth?
There are several reasons a dentist will pull a baby tooth. Sometimes, baby teeth won’t fall out on their own, even when the adult tooth is trying to emerge. Baby teeth also may have severe decay, which will cause pain. One of our gentle dentists will extract the baby tooth after putting your child at ease. Call us if your child needs an extraction and we will arrange an appointment.
When Are Teeth Extractions Called for with Periodontal Disease?
Advanced periodontal (gum) disease attacks the bone and tissue that holds teeth in place. If you have a loose tooth that is bothering you, our dentist will extract it. While the tooth may fall out on its own eventually, having a dental extraction reduces the risk of infection.
What’s It Like to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
We see a number of teenage and young adult patients who need us to extract their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars we don’t need anymore, so many of us do not have room for the teeth in our jaw. If your wisdom teeth emerge at an angle and our dentist can get a hold of the teeth, he or she can pull them so they don’t push again your molars. If your wisdom teeth don’t emerge, an oral surgeon has to extract them.
Do I Need Tooth Extractions Before Getting Braces?
If you are getting braces because your teeth are crowded, you may need extractions to give your teeth room to straighten out. We will remove the least number of teeth that will allow you to reach your orthodontic treatment goal. Call us to make an appointment if you need extractions before orthodontic work.
What Are the Tooth Removal Aftercare Instructions?
Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow, including a list of things you cannot do in the first 24 hours. It’s essential to follow the instructions so a blood clot forms at the extraction. You’ll also receive instructions for dealing with any swelling or discomfort.
How Long Does Tooth Extraction Healing Take?
You should rest for a day or two after a dental extraction and limit activity for two days. The site should heal within a week; however, a molar or surgical extraction site will take longer to heal.
If you need a virtually painless tooth extraction in Baltimore, call us to schedule an appointment at one of the following offices; Valley Dental Associates at (443) 898-1240, Dental One Associates of Westminster at (410) 970-0292, Dental One Associates of Bel Air at (410) 698-1674, Dental One Associates of Frederick at (301) 862-6783, Dental One Associates of Cross Keys at (443) 863-6394, Dental One Associates at Beltway at (410) 775-5536, Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf at (301) 861-0665, Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill at (240) 766-8568, Dental One Associates at Steeplechase at (240) 392-3983, Dental One Associates of Columbia at (410) 346-2350, or Dental One Associates of Annapolis at (410) 793-4922.