As your trusted general dentist in Westminster, MD, avoiding tooth loss is a big priority for our dental office; however, sometimes it is necessary. Patients who have an overcrowded mouth, an infected tooth, or an impacted tooth may require a tooth extraction. Dr. Bowersox can provide a safe tooth extraction when you need it the most. If your wisdom teeth are growing in, we can also remove those for you as well. A tooth is extracted by Dr. Bowersox expanding the socket and separating the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. We use a local anesthetic to prevent any pain, though you may feel some slight pressure as the tooth is gently rocked back and forth as it is dislodged from your jawbone. This is a fairly quick procedure, though it may need to be followed up with a restorative dentistry procedure after the socket has healed to prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting.
Here are some common questions we are asked regarding our tooth extraction process:
Why do I need to have my wisdom tooth removed?
Wisdom teeth typically grow in after the rest of your mouth is fully developed and all of your teeth have grown into their permanent placements. When a wisdom tooth tries to grow in, it can cause your teeth to shift around. If there is not enough space in your mouth for the wisdom tooth, the tooth may become impacted and cause pain. If the tooth is able to grow in, it will be in the far back of your mouth which makes it very hard to keep clean.
When do wisdom teeth grow in?
Typically, wisdom teeth grow in around the ages of 17-25. Dr. Bowersox utilized X-rays to track the growth of your wisdom teeth, so you should be fully informed on their development if you maintain regular preventative care appointments.
What are my options for replacing my extracted tooth?
Our office offers a variety of restorative dentistry solutions for replacing missing or extracted teeth. If your permanent tooth was removed due to facial trauma or infection, we can replace it with a dental implant or dental bridge depending on your preferences for replacement.