LastAt Bethesda Family Smiles, we are here to help you maintain your smile aesthetics and improve your dental health with expert general dentistry. Sometimes, this means removing a problematic tooth from your smile. If you have an infected or fractured tooth, our office is happy to provide you with a safe and comfortable tooth extraction to relieve you of pain and discomfort. Learn more about tooth extractions below.
Tooth Extractions in Bethesda, MD
Dr. Khanna will provide select tooth extractions to patients suffering from infected or fractured teeth. If you suspect you may need a tooth extracted, please contact us for a consultation. Below are answers to common questions about tooth extractions:
How do dentist perform tooth extractions?
Firstly, your dentist performs tooth extractions by using a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Once your dentist numbs the area, they gently rock the infected or fractured tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to extract. Lastly, the dentist may need a small soft tissue incision to assist in removing the tooth.
Will the tooth extraction procedure hurt?
We will do everything we can to ensure you do not experience intense pain or discomfort. We understand that tooth extractions may be an anxiety-provoking experience for some patients. Our compassionate dental care team is here to help keep you calm and comfortable every step of the way.
How should I care for my tooth following the extraction?
You will need to take it easy for a few days after your tooth extraction. 24 hours after your dentist completes the procedure, you may rinse your mouth out with a homemade saltwater solution. Eat soft foods, and avoid drinking from a straw for the first few days. To keep swelling down, you may hold an ice-pack to your jawbone over the affected area.
What options do I have for replacing extracted teeth?
Once your mouth has healed from the extraction, we are happy to provide restorative dentistry solutions. Solutions such as dental implants or dental bridges may be best for patients who are only missing one or a few consecutive teeth. Patients who are missing a full arch of teeth will require either dentures or partials.
What should you not do after a tooth extraction?
You should not eat any hard or crunchy foods. Don’t drink any hot beverages for at least 24 hours. You should also avoid using a straw for at least 24 hours. The sucking motion can cause the blood clot that forms in the extraction site to become dislodged, which can lead to painful complications. This also increases your risk of developing an infection and can also slow down the healing process. Lastly, avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24-48 hours.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
The amount of time you will need to recover from a tooth extraction depends on the type of It depends on the type extraction. If it’s a simple tooth extraction, then it will usually take a day or two. If it is a more complicated extraction, then it may take longer to heal. How well they follow post-operative care instructions is important as well. Most patients will be able to return to routine activities within 48 to 72 hours.
Schedule A Consultation with Dentist Dr. Khanna
Looking for treatment options to address complex dental concerns? Bethesda Family Smiles would be happy to welcome you to our dentist’s office. We provide patients of all ages with treatment options to restore their smiles following dental damages. Please schedule an appointment with our office online. We look forward to seeing you soon.