Extraction is the complete removal or pulling out of a tooth from its socket. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we strive to provide you with conservative dental treatment options. However, in certain conditions, tooth extraction is necessary to improve your oral health. Our dentist, Dr. Gary Lucombe, may recommend extractions if a tooth is severely decayed or damaged and cannot be effectively salvaged.
In addition, we are happy to recommend tooth replacement options after the tooth extraction to ensure that your smile is restored to optimal health and function.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extraction is recommended when the damage cannot be fixed with restorative procedures. An extraction may be needed if you have:
- Extensive trauma
- Severe decay
- Persistent infection
- Wisdom teeth that are not erupting correctly
- Periodontitis or advanced gum disease
Before your tooth extraction, we will take an X-ray of your mouth to examine your teeth and surrounding structures thoroughly. This examination will help us to plan the correct course of action.
Before your surgery begins, you will receive a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort.
If your tooth has grown above the gum line, we will gently loosen it and remove it with a dental instrument. But if the tooth is broken at the gum line and has not appropriately emerged, an incision is made on the tooth so it can be accessed and extracted. The tooth must be broken into small parts rather than removed as a whole piece in some situations.
Sutures and Gauze
If you are not replacing the tooth or waiting for some time to decide your options, the socket is sutured closed. We will place gauze over the treatment area to minimize bleeding and help form a clot.
In simple tooth extractions, you can expect slight discomfort for a few days and get relief with pain killers. But if you had surgery to remove your wisdom teeth, you may experience more pain and swelling at the extraction site. Dr. Gary Lucombe may prescribe a stronger prescription for the first few days, after which milder drugs should be sufficient. You can also keep an ice compress to reduce swelling.
During your recovery period, avoid touching the treatment site to prevent dislodging the blood clot. Eat soft foods, don’t drink through a straw, and avoid brushing around the surgical site.
If you are looking for comfortable tooth extractions, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach Dentist in Silver Spring, MD at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.