Although considered a treatment of “last resort”, there are situations where tooth extraction is necessary to support your long-term deal health. Wisdom teeth, a severely infected or damaged tooth, and overcrowding problems may result in the need for a tooth extraction. There is often a need for tooth extraction as part of a restorative treatment plan that is addressing complex dental health issues.
Whatever the reason, we work with patients to coordinate specialist care for the removal of problematic teeth from your smile as part of a treatment plan or to restore your overall dental health.
Tooth Extraction in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson are experienced dentists in Towson, MD. While their goal is to usually prevent permanent tooth loss, they also understand that tooth extraction is necessary sometimes to maintain optimal dental health.
While removing teeth is not desirable, sometimes it is absolutely necessary. There are actually many reasons why your dentist may suggest a tooth removal. Wisdom teeth removal is the most popular type of extraction since most people have to have it done. However lack of proper oral hygiene is also a main reason. Not taking care of your teeth and gums can lead to many problems. Your Towson, MD dentist may need to pull a tooth in order to restore oral health for any of the following reasons:
- Impacted tooth
- Infected tooth or gums
- Overcrowded teeth
- Tooth blocking a permanent tooth
- Extra tooth
- Wisdom teeth requiring extraction
Our dental care team is happy to answer any questions you might have about tooth extraction. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
Tooth Extraction FAQs
Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Your wisdom teeth typically begin to emerge during the late teens and early twenties. This means that the rest of your mouth has already developed. There is often no space for the wisdom teeth to fully erupt, causing impaction and unwanted teeth shifting. If the wisdom teeth are able to grow in, they will be in the far back of your mouth. This makes it extremely difficult to keep them clean during your daily oral hygiene routine. This is why we recommend removing them to prevent pain, discomfort, and tooth decay.
Will the tooth extraction hurt?
Typically a local anesthetic is used to ensure you do not feel any pain during the tooth extraction procedure. Other sedation dentistry options are available as well. While some patients may experience slight pressure while the tooth is being extracted, it should not be painful and it will not last long. The oral surgeons that we work with are attentive to your needs and will ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience.
How can I avoid a tooth extraction?
The best way to avoid having a tooth pulled is to take good care of your teeth and gums. This involves brushing and flossing daily as well as visiting our Towson, MD dentist office about every six months for a teeth cleaning. This will lower your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease, two main reasons for extractions. However, there are times when an extraction is simply necessary. Wisdom teeth and removing teeth for orthodontic reasons are some examples.