At 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 are tooth extractions performed?
Tooth extractions are performed using a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Only once the area is numbed will we gently rock the infected or fractured tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be extracted. A small soft tissue incision may be needed 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 the procedure is completed, 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.