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Tooth Extractions – Annapolis, MD

Achieve & Maintain Your Healthiest Smile for Life

Smiling woman in dental chair

Removing one or more teeth is always our last resort, but when tooth extraction is necessary, your trusted Annapolis dentist, Dr. Barry Grosshandler, has you covered. Dedicated to providing the highest quality dentistry services, Dr. Grosshandler is happy to offer a wide range of restorative dentistry, including tooth extraction. Our team can also help you with tooth replacement options and follow up preventive care to maintain a healthy smile. If you want to learn more about our available dentistry treatment options, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation appointment.

When Extractions are Necessary

Woman having tooth removed

We will work diligently to help our patients maintain their healthy, natural smiles, but there are situations where removing a tooth is the best option to keep a patient’s smile healthy. Some of the situations where tooth extraction is necessary include:

  • Tooth decay or dental damage that is so severe the tooth can’t be successfully repaired.
  • Primary teeth that do not fall out on their own.
  • Teeth that are impacted, unable to erupt from the gum line or the eruption is adversely impacting surrounding teeth.
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment for crowded teeth and before designing and placing dentures, we may need to remove one or more teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth, third molars, are often removed due to a lack of space within the smile line.

How Extractions are Performed

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

To remove a tooth, we may pull or provide surgical extraction. Tooth pulling is only possible for fully erupted teeth. We use clasping tools to move the tooth until it breaks from the gum line. When this isn’t possible, we’ll surgically extract the tooth. Surgical tooth removal can mean making a small incision in the gums, or it can involve more complex methods, including drilling into supportive bone structures and breaking the tooth into smaller pieces for easier extraction. Before we begin your procedure, we’ll carefully explain the method we plan to use and make sure you’re completely comfortable.

Caring for Your Smile After Tooth Removal

Closeup of relaxed patient having tooth removed

Once your tooth or teeth have been removed, Dr. Grosshandler will walk you through how best to care for your smile while you heal. If your tooth needs to be replaced, we will also partner with you to develop a restoration plan. While we’ll provide post-operative instructions specific to your situation, some basics to keep in mind include:

  • For the first two days after removal, your extraction site is likely to bleed. Use gauze to absorb blood and replace the gauze each time it’s saturated.
  • Use ice packs at 20 minute intervals to relieve pain, prevent swelling, and slow bleeding.
  • Take prescription or over the counter pain relievers as directed to remain comfortable.
  • Brush and floss surrounding teeth carefully. Avoid irritating the extraction site.
  • Consume fluids only for the first two days and start eating more difficult to chew foods as you feel comfortable.