When every effort has been made to save a tooth, sometimes the only thing left to do is a tooth extraction. At Quest Dental, we focus on preventing the need for this last resort, but when you do need one, you can count on Dr. Katherine Grant Collier, our dentist in Baltimore, to perform the procedure safely and with as little discomfort as possible, with the highest level of expertise.
You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the effected area. Depending on several factors, including the location of the tooth in question and the difficulty in removing it, you may require stitches after the extraction. You will be supplied with gauze to stem bleeding. A minimal amount is completely normal after the procedure. You will get detailed instructions from our dentist in Baltimore to cover the first 24 hours afterward. In some cases, over the counter pain relief medication will be enough to manage any pain you may experience after the anesthetic wears off, but if something stronger is required, a prescription will be provided. It is a good idea to hold an ice pack on the outside of your mouth on the side of the extracted tooth. This is very helpful in reducing not only swelling, but also pain. We recommend rinsing your mouth frequently with a solution of salt in warm water. For the remainder of the day, avoid any physical exertion to the greatest extent possible and stick to soft foods to limit any difficulties with chewing.
After your extraction, it is worthwhile to consider a tooth restoration such as a dental implant or a bridge. Missing teeth, besides being cosmetically unpleasant, can lead to shifting of your teeth along with discomfort and a misaligned bite. Our dentist in Baltimore can help you to make your smile complete once again.
Yes, sometimes a tooth extraction cannot be avoided, but good practices that include a healthful diet limiting sugar, regular brushing and flossing at home, and twice yearly visits to our dentist in Baltimore for an examination, x-rays, and a thorough dental cleaning are the best way to put the odds in favor of keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible.