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Tooth Extractions Timonium, MD

Tooth ExtractionAn Overview

Tooth extractions are sometimes a necessary procedure that can help patients restore their oral health. Most dentists will try to preserve a tooth with other procedures such as a root canal or dental filling before they resort to pulling it out. We may recommend a tooth extraction to address severe tooth decay or extreme damage.

Sometimes pulling teeth is used to address overcrowding or to address impacted wisdom teeth. For example, the primary teeth and molars may not have enough room to fully develop when the jaw is too small. If left as is, teeth may shift causing a crooked smile.

Tooth extractions are only used as part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan. For some patients, braces will only be fully effective if a tooth is extracted to make room to shift the teeth into proper alignment. A tooth extraction is a relatively painless procedure with the use of a local anesthetic.

Dr. Izadi provides personalized orthodontic consultations addressing the functional musculoskeletal concerns that cause orthodontic developmental issues. Our orthodontic team works with children and adult patients to provide orthodontic care and education for the support and maintenance of lasting results.

Tooth extractions in Timonium Maryland

Tooth Extraction What to Expect

Tooth extraction is a routine dental treatment that can be performed from the comfort of our Timonium, MD office. We will make sure you are comfortable before, during and after treatment.

The tooth extraction process may vary depending on whether or not the tooth that needs extraction has emerged from the gum line. Children may require the removal of primary teeth before their teeth are fully mature. Dr. Izadi uses high-tech digital X-rays to track the development of teeth to determine if extraction is necessary.

If a tooth extraction is necessary for optimal orthodontic results, Dr. Izadi and our care team will provide detailed information on the tooth extraction and post-procedure care.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

Do teeth need to be removed before getting braces?

Not necessarily. Your orthodontist will recommend a tooth extraction if your tooth is beyond repair or unable to be corrected. We do our best to save as much of your teeth as possible. In most instances, even the most crooked and misaligned teeth can be straightened by a trusted orthodontist.

Do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Yes. Wisdom teeth should be extracted as soon as they have erupted to prevent misalignment issues. Malocclusion because of wisdom teeth could be easily prevented by removing the wisdom teeth before they can cause problems. Only a small percentage of patients can live a complete life with unaddressed wisdom teeth.

When can I eat normally after tooth extraction?

On the day of your extraction, eat only soft foods like soup and do not use straws or smoke cigarettes. Doing anything that requires a sucking action with your mouth will damage the socket and can open up the sutures. You can eat normally after a week.

How long should I rest after tooth extraction?

We advise that you rest for 48 to 72 hours after a tooth extraction so that a blood clot has time to form. After resting, you can return to your regular routine. After about three to four weeks the soft tissue in your mouth will heal completely.

How can I make my tooth extraction heal faster?

The number one thing you can do after a tooth extraction is to rest. Rest is necessary for the healing process. We also recommend following a soft diet to give your gums time to form clots disruption. You should also refrain from smoking before and after your tooth extraction, as this helps prevent dry socket.

How often should I rinse with salt water after tooth extraction?

After a tooth extraction, it is important to keep your mouth clean. For the week following the procedure, continue to rinse your mouth with warm salt-water rinses at least twice a day.