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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction An Overview

What Is A Tooth Extraction?

When a tooth breaks from an accident or gets damaged by decay, sometimes it can be fixed with a filling or a tooth crown. However, in some cases, there’s too much damage, and the tooth needs to be extracted. Tooth extraction is a general dentistry service we provide to new and existing patients in Towson, Maryland.

Why Would I Need My Tooth Extracted?

  • Extra teeth blocking that are blocking other teeth from coming in
  • Baby teeth preventing permanent teeth from coming in
  • People getting braces may need teeth extracted to make space for moving teeth
  • Decay that is not restorable and causes infection to your teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Dr. Welinsky performs simple tooth extractions in the comfort and familiarity of our Towson dental office. We will go over the steps in the procedure with you to minimize any anxiety you may have and post-treatment care instructions will be provided.

Complex tooth extractions are usually done by a local oral surgeon. If Dr. Welinsky determines that your situation calls for a surgical extraction and the expertise of an oral surgeon, we can work with you to refer you to a local specialist.

Schedule A Consultation

Do you need a tooth extracted or fear that you may need a tooth extracted? To schedule a consultation with Dr. Welinsky, contact us at 410-449-7656 or use our online appointment request form and we will contact you shortly. Dr. Welinsky’s Baltimore, MD area dentist office is convenient for patients in Towson, West Towson, Parkville, and many suburbs in Baltimore, MD.

Tooth Extraction What to Expect

We will take an X-ray to evaluate your oral health and determine if your tooth needs to be removed before recommending a tooth extraction.

After discussing and developing a plan of action that you understand and feel comfortable with, Dr. Welinsky will schedule your appointment in our office or refer you to a local oral surgeon.

A tooth extraction is completed in one visit using a local anesthetic. Most patients experience minimal discomfort with a simple tooth extraction and will recover quickly when following our prescribed after-care instructions.

These often include gentle cleaning of the area and the use of warm rinse for a few days. A soft diet is also often recommended for a few days to minimize swelling and bleeding.

Tooth Extraction FAQs

How should I prepare for my extraction?

Before coming in for your extraction, you should avoid eating and drinking for a certain amount of time. The exact time will depend on the type of extraction you’re receiving. We’ll give you instructions before you come into our office.

How long after an extraction can I eat?

You can start eating a few hours after your procedure. but stick to mainly liquids and soft foods like pudding. For three days after your extraction, stick to soft food and avoid anything too hot. Heat can impact the healing process negatively. After three days, you can return to a normal diet. Avoid chewing in the area where the tooth was extracted.

What should I avoid after an extraction?

For a time after the extraction, you want to avoid certain things to make sure the area heals properly. Don’t drink with a straw, as this can dislodge the blood clot. Hot beverages and alcohol should also be avoided as they can cause more swelling. And smoking should be avoided because it can break down your blood clot.