When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, the best way to keep surrounding teeth and tissues safe is to extract that tooth. In our office, Cummins Dental Group in Silver Spring, Maryland we prefer to make tooth extraction our very last option because we want you to keep your teeth. Unfortunately in some cases, extraction is the best option, but it is our priority to make it a comfortable experience.
Once our dental professionals have looked at the tooth and find it best to extract it, the first thing we do is make you comfortable by numbing the area. We understand that having dental work done affects everyone differently, therefore we offer extra sedation methods to increase your comfort.
After numbing has occurred the dentist removes your tooth in a matter of minutes. We want to assure our patients that during this procedure, you won’t feel any pain while the tooth is being extracted, just a small amount of pressure.
The recovery process after a tooth extraction is surprisingly very fast and patients experience little to no pain. But to make sure that everything heals properly follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions.
Main Reasons for Extraction
Because having a tooth extracted is a last resort procedure, there are few reasons why an extraction would be needed including:
- Your wisdom teeth haven’t erupted and don’t have room to grow in properly, so they are extracted.
- Tooth becomes so infected with decay that it is impossible to repair.
- The tooth surrounding tissues and bone are infected making it impossible to support the tooth.
If you have to have an extraction, don’t worry about having a gap in your smile for the rest of your life. Because we want the best for our patients, we also offer cosmetic dental treatments that can allow you to have a new artificial tooth placed in the gap.
Come see us if you have severely swollen gums or if it’s obvious that one of your teeth is infected. We are Cummins Dental Group located in Silver Spring, Maryland and we are ready to help you take steps to a healthier smile.