Tooth Extractions An Overview
Tooth extraction may be necessary in cases of advanced infection, overcrowding or damage. Tooth extractions are avoided whenever possible–other treatments such as root canals are always explored as an alternative option. Canton Dental Associates performs tooth extraction procedures in our Baltimore office, including wisdom teeth extraction.
Baltimore dentist Dr. Emily Lin and the team at Canton Dental Associates is highly trained in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry and is committed to providing gentle and compassionate care to our patients. Your dentist will take the time to fully explain all aspects of your tooth extraction as well as how to care for your oral health after the procedure to ensure a good recovery.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
The dentist will review the procedure in detail and assess whether an antibiotic should be administered prior to the procedure to treat possible infection. If the tooth being extracted is causing pain, the patient can expect immediate relief after the procedure.
A local anesthetic is used during the procedure and discomfort is typically minimal. Post-procedure recommendations will be provided to ensure your recovery is as pleasant as possible. To ensure a smooth recovery process, we advise patients to refrain from drinking through straws, smoking and vigorous brushing until the healing process is complete. After the procedure, if you experience severe pain, or if significant bleeding starts several hours later, call our office immediately.
If you experience dental anxiety and would prefer to be completely relaxed and stress free during your treatment, we offer sedation dentistry including nitrous oxide. Your Canton dentist will discuss dental sedation and work with you to recommend the best option.
If the extracted tooth needs to be replaced for cosmetic or functional purposes, the team at Canton Dental Associates will review your tooth replacement options and make recommendations based on your budget and goals. We offer full services for all types of dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Once wisdom teeth erupt, they can cause overcrowding, causing teeth to shift. In most cases, the team at Canton Dental Associates will recommend extraction to prevent bite misalignment or complex dental problems down the road. The procedure causes minimal discomfort, which can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses placed on the exterior of the cheek.
In some patients, wisdom teeth remain impacted and may require a referral to an oral surgeon for extraction.