Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236
While it is always preferable to save a natural tooth whenever possible, there are situations where an extraction is the best or only option. For many of our patients, especially those who suffer from dental phobias, the idea of a dental extraction seems scary and painful, so they delay treatment. This only leads to more pain and more complicated dental problems. If you have a diseased or damaged tooth that needs to be pulled, our skilled and experienced dentists can use techniques that make the extraction process quick and virtually painless.
In order to tell you the cost of your extraction, our dentist will need to perform a dental exam to determine whether you need a simple or surgical extraction and to assess how difficult it will be to remove the tooth. If you have dental insurance, part or all of your costs may be covered. Call today to find out which dental plans we accept.
If the affected tooth is visible and easily accessible, our dentist can normally perform a simple extraction. When only a small portion of the tooth is visible or the tooth is completely impacted under the gum, a surgical extraction may be necessary. If you require this type of extraction, our dentist will refer you to a qualified oral surgeon.
Saving the natural tooth is always our first course of action whenever possible. In cases of severe decay, periodontal disease, or trauma, an extraction may be necessary because of pain, to protect the remaining healthy teeth, or because the structural integrity of the tooth is so compromised that it cannot be saved.
Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be possible to save the tooth by performing a root canal. If the damage has reached the middle of the tooth, an extraction may be the best way to alleviate your pain and prevent damage to the surrounding teeth. Following your extraction, it is important to replace the missing tooth in order to keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Our dentist will go over your tooth replacement options.
Although extractions typically involve diseased or damaged permanent teeth, it is sometimes necessary to pull baby teeth. Our gentle dentists and staff are skilled at making our youngest patients and their parents feel at ease. If your child has an infected or decayed baby tooth or has a baby tooth blocking a permanent tooth, call our office for an appointment.
Severe periodontal disease not only causes pain, but it also attacks the tissue and ligaments that hold the teeth in place. Over time, the teeth can become loose or fall out altogether. An extraction may be necessary to alleviate the pain and treat the underlying infection.
The molars that we get in our late teens or early adult years are referred to as wisdom teeth. Many people simply do not have large enough jaws to accommodate these additional teeth. This can cause the teeth to become trapped under the gum or to come in at an angle, which can lead to pain and infection. In these situations, it may be necessary to remove the tooth. Depending on the complexity of the extraction, our dentist may perform the procedure or refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction.
When you have more adult teeth than your jaw can accommodate, the teeth become overcrowded and can grow in crooked. Your dentist or orthodontist may recommend removing one or more teeth to make room for them to move during orthodontic treatment.
Following your extraction, we will provide you with instructions that you should follow for the first 24 hours after your procedure. It is important that you follow these aftercare instructions to minimize swelling and discomfort and to prevent complications, such as infection and dry socket.
With simple extractions, you can return to most activities after 24 hours, but you should avoid engaging in anything strenuous until the dentist says that it is okay. The extraction site should be completely healed in about a week; however, recovery may take longer if you have a surgical extraction.
If you are experiencing dental pain and need a tooth extraction in Baltimore, call (410) 775-5536 today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and caring dentists.