Tooth extractions are simple procedures that can be done in our dental office. However, patients with severely overcrowded, decayed, or damaged teeth may require extraction treatment. Dr. Ned Greenberg offers tooth extraction treatments as a general dental solution to common problems in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Greenberg will numb the area and precisely extract the tooth to begin treatment. He will pack the empty socket with gauze. After your tooth is removed, you can take pain medication and use ice packs on the outside of your jaw. One hour after the surgery, you can begin eating soft foods. Avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours. We use anesthesia and may use dental sedation so that patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
One of the most common tooth extractions we perform is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth extraction can alleviate the pain when wisdom teeth begin to emerge. Although not everyone will need their wisdom teeth extracted, they can cause damage when they come in. Commonly, we remove impacted wisdom teeth that come in at an odd angle and can potentially overcrowd natural teeth.
FAQs: Tooth Extraction in Baltimore, MD
What happens after a tooth extraction?
We will give you instructions on how to take care of the empty socket after tooth extraction. The most important thing to remember is to let the socket naturally heal. The blood clot in the socket is important for the healing process, so it should not be removed. If you had a primary tooth in the smile zone removed, we may recommend cosmetic dentistry or restorative dental procedures to fill the gap with a restoration.
Is tooth extraction treatment painful?
We use anesthesia and sedation dentistry (if needed) during the tooth extraction procedure. Excessive pain or bleeding is abnormal. If your socket is bleeding more than several days after your tooth extraction or if you are feeling severe pain, contact our office as soon as possible. Tooth extraction aftercare is important to prevent dry socket and other issues.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
It will take two to three weeks for your gum and jaw bone tissue to heal. If your tooth or teeth were extracted because of infection or damage, you will have options to restore the extracted teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is the most common choice.
Request a Dental Exam & Extraction Today
Do you require a tooth extraction? Call 410.686.4646 or schedule a dental exam and consultation with Dr. Greenberg on our website. Dr. Greenberg will ensure that you feel comfortable and undergo pain-free care in his dental office. He will review the extraction process and post-op instructions with you before treatment.