In many cases, tooth extractions can be performed in our Severna Park dental office. If the tooth to be extracted is complicated, dentists may refer you to a specialist.
Tooth Pain & Tooth Extractions
If you have tooth pain or think you need a tooth extraction, the first step is to make an appointment with our office. We will examine the tooth and decide if extraction is the best solution. For some patients, an alternative treatment such as a root canal procedure may be recommended; this will preserve the natural tooth and protect it with a dental crown or another type of restoration.
When a tooth is removed, it is also vital to consider replacement options. We will discuss this during your consultation. Options for replacing missing teeth include dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
A common type of tooth extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are your third molars which usually erupt in our late teens or early twenties. Most of the time, we lack the adequate space in the jaw for third molars to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction.
When teeth become impacted, due to lack of space or simply developing in the wrong place of your jaw, serious problems can arise. The primary concern is damage to adjacent teeth and crowding, but other issues such as problems with alignment or affecting the TMJ can occur.
Wisdom teeth removal may occur if one or more of these conditions apply:
- Impacted teeth
- Tooth pain
- Jaw pain
- Overcrowded teeth
- Tooth decay
- Sinus issues
- Difficulty eating
Replacing Extracted Teeth
Patients who undergo wisdom teeth removal will not need to replace their extracted teeth. However, if you have one of your permanent teeth removed, you may need a tooth replacement. We offer a full range of tooth replacements including dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. When applicable, we will recommend dental implants because they provide the most natural looking, durable solution for missing teeth. After a consultation, we will recommend the most appropriate solution for your smile.