Tooth Extraction Specialist

The Wilhelm Dental Group

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in La Plata, MD

The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, always takes every precaution possible to keep your natural tooth structures intact, but there are some cases where a tooth can be more trouble than it’s worth. If you need to have a tooth extracted, Eric Wilhelm, DDS, can help. Dr. Wilhelm provides all of his patients at The Wilhelm Dental Group with safe, gentle, and effective extractions that restore their oral health and get them smiling again. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

What is an extraction?

An extraction is a surgical removal of a tooth. While it’s always preferable to keep as much of your natural tooth intact as possible, sometimes a tooth can cause more trouble than it’s worth, and it’s better to remove it.

Some of the reasons you might need an extraction include:

  • Crowded or impacted wisdom teeth
  • Excessive tooth decay
  • An infected tooth that can’t be salvaged with a root canal
  • Crowding
  • To make room for shifting teeth when you get braces
  • Gum disease

Extractions are also occasionally performed for patients who are about to undergo chemotherapy or an organ transplant, in order to reduce the risk of infection from teeth that might be slightly compromised.

What should I expect from an extraction?

The process for extracting a tooth depends on whether it’s a simple or surgical extraction. 

Simple extraction

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible and have erupted through your gums. Dr. Wilhelm numbs the tooth that will be extracted and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic and uses a tool called an “elevator” to loosen the tooth. 

Once the tooth is significantly loose, he uses forceps to remove it. Because you’re anesthetized, you won’t feel any pain during your procedure.

Surgical extraction

Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are impacted or haven’t erupted through your gums. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth or a severely damaged or decayed tooth that requires surgical extraction, The Wilhelm Dental Group refers you to an oral surgeon. 

Your oral surgeon will typically give you intravenous and/or general anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic to keep you either calm or unconscious during your procedure. Once you’ve been sedated, your oral surgeon makes a small incision in your gum to expose the tooth. 

Depending on the condition of the tooth, they might need to remove some of the bone around your tooth or break up your tooth before extracting it.

How do I care for my smile after an extraction?

Dr. Wilhelm gives you specific aftercare instructions following your surgery. This might include painkillers, an icing regimen, and a soft-foods diet for a few days. You want to avoid any sucking motions with your mouth, so avoid smoking cigarettes and using a straw for a few days after your extraction.

To learn more about how The Wilhelm Dental Group can improve your oral health with gentle and effective extractions, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.