Although your adult teeth are built to last a lifetime, there are some instances in which one or more of them can be causing more harm than good. Come visit the team of caring and attentive dentists at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland to see if you have any teeth that need to go. There are many reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary, and it’s estimated that in the United States, over 20 million teeth are extracted every year. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad, and the team ay Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn are highly skilled at removing problematic teeth. Call or book an appointment online today.
There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be pulled:
If Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad determine that you need to extract one or more teeth, they’ll first numb the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. In some cases, a general anesthesia can be used so that you can sleep through the procedure.
If the tooth is impacted, Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad will first have to expose it by cutting away the gum and bone tissue covering the tooth. Once exposed, they’ll use an instrument called an elevator to luxate, or loosen, the tooth. Once the tooth is disconnected from the bone, it can be pulled out with forceps.
Immediately after being pulled, a blood clot will form in the socket where the tooth once was. Dr. Zulfaghary or Dr. Asad will pad the socket with gauze in order to stop the bleeding and help the clot form. In some instances, they might administer a few self-dissolving stitches to close up the gum over the extraction site.
Full recovery typically takes a few days. While you heal, you’ll be prescribed painkillers to reduce discomfort, and will be advised to relax and minimize activity for a few days.
Call or book an appointment online today with the team at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn for comprehensive tooth extraction care.