Extractions

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Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Bethesda, MD

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but occasionally an extraction is required to prevent further health complications. For safe and expert extractions, including extracting impacted or abscessed wisdom teeth, trust the experienced team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit us when you’re in need of having a tooth pulled. Schedule a consultation online or call the office.

Extractions Q & A

Why might I need a tooth pulled?

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn't always happen. For instance, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it's too diseased to keep. Illness, decay, and trauma can all contribute to needing teeth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

The team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care specializes in safe, comfortable wisdom tooth extractions.

What are the steps for an extraction?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. During this procedure, a highly accomplished dentist at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. They will then use forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction involves a good deal more. The tooth could be broken off close to the gum line or hasn't yet grown through the gum line, which is typical of wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth extractions are a common type of surgical extraction the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care does.

To do a surgical extraction like a wisdom tooth removal, the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. Sometimes the tooth needs to be sectioned — cut into smaller pieces — to be removed. It might also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is typical with wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist could give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the procedure.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

Depending on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the first stages of the healing process usually should occur within 1-2 weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed.

As your healing progresses, you might feel discomfort and soreness or have problems chewing, depending on the scope of your dental surgery.

For wisdom tooth extractions, the recovery process will typically include prescribed pain medication. Your dentist will also recommend sticking to a diet of soft foods like yogurt, oatmeal, and ice cream for at least a few days.

Every patient is different, so contact Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.

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