Tooth Extractions Specialist

Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MD

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.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

There are many reasons why a tooth might need to be pulled:

  • Infection/decay: If a tooth has decay that extends to the nerves and blood vessels at its center, it might need to be pulled. Normally this sort of decay is eradicated with a root canal or antibiotics, but in some cases, the infection might be so severe that extraction is the only solution to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Irreparable damage: A tooth might need to be extracted if it is broken or decayed past the point of being able to be restored with a filling or crown.
  • A crowded mouth: Teeth are sometimes pulled in preparation for orthodontic treatment, or the straightening of the teeth in the mouth. If your teeth are too crowded in your mouth, you might have some pulled in order to make room for the others.
  • Impacted teeth: Sometimes a tooth is unable to break through the gum and grow into its normal position, either because of general crowding in the mouth or issues with the surrounding gum or bone tissue. If a tooth is severely impacted, as is common with wisdom teeth, it might be a good candidate for extraction.

What’s the process for a tooth extraction?

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.

What is the recovery process for a tooth extraction?

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.