Baltimore
Tooth Extractions

signs you may need a tooth extraction

At Waterfront Dental

If a tooth has become badly damaged or infected and it cannot be fixed with root canal therapy, Dr. Merguerian may suggest an extraction. Signs that a tooth is infected are extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and painful chewing. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a gentle tooth extraction in Baltimore.

know what to expect

do tooth extractions hurt?

Tooth extractions are a fairly common procedure and they are made virtually painless with a local anesthetic. Dr. Merguerian is skilled and gentle, and she will make sure you are comfortable during your treatment. Our friendly team is here to answer any questions about pre and post-op care, and help you take care of your smile even after your tooth is removed.

problemtaic wisdom teeth

do i need my wisdom teeth removed?

If a wisdom tooth is misaligned or is only partially erupted through the gums, it may need to be extracted. A misaligned wisdom tooth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, and create bigger problems down the road. If this is the case, Dr. Merguerian may suggest extracting your wisdom teeth to avoid future dental health issues.

replacing extracted teeth

with restorative options

At Waterfront Dental, we want our patients’ smiles to be healthy and proud. If you need a tooth extracted due to an injury, infection, or other damage, we offer restorative options that will keep your smile strong and confident. We offer implants as well as bridges and dentures to restore your smile after your tooth is removed. Call us today to go over your restorative options!

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Removing Damaged Teeth

Basic Tooth Extractions

Basic tooth extractions are usually used to remove teeth that are severely damaged, and cannot be saved with treatments like a root canal. If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by an oral injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, it may sometimes be a better option to remove it and replace it with a dental bridge, denture, or dental implant. Doing so provides you with relief from your pain and discomfort, and restores your oral health.

Prevent Dental Complications

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Our wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17-25, which is much later than the other teeth. Because of this, most people don’t have enough room for their wisdom teeth in their mouths. This often causes complications like impacted teeth, which do not fully erupt and are prone to become infected and may cause pain and discomfort.
We offer both basic and surgical tooth extractions at our office in Baltimore. To see if your teeth need to be extracted, just schedule a consultation with Dr. Dawn Merguerian at Waterfront Dental.

What Are The Signs

That I Need An Extraction?

If your wisdom teeth are coming in and they are causing you symptoms like pain, discomfort, and jaw stiffness, this is a sign that they may not be erupting properly, and they could be damaging your other teeth. We recommend seeing Dr. Dawn Merguerian for an appointment. She can examine your mouth, determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, and provide you with more information about the extraction process.

The symptoms of a damaged tooth that may require an extraction vary, depending on the reason it’s been damaged. If your tooth is very loose due to gum disease, it may need to be removed. 

If your tooth has been severely cracked or damaged by an oral injury, we may not be able to save it, and may recommend extraction. Teeth that are infected may need extraction if they look grayish or discolored, or you no longer feel any pain in the affected tooth. This indicates that the tooth has died, and can no longer be saved with a root canal.

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What To Expect

The Extraction Process & Aftercare

There are two types of extractions. Basic extractions are the simplest type of extraction. In this treatment, Dr. Merguerian will clean and numb your mouth. Then, she will use dental tools to loosen your tooth in its socket, and extract it from the root using a pair of dental forceps. The area will then be cleaned and sutured shut to ensure proper healing.

Surgical extractions, such as those used for impacted wisdom teeth, are a bit different. Your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Then, an incision will be made in the gum line near the tooth. Through this opening, Dr. Mergurian will cut the tooth into pieces, and extract it piece-by-piece. Once the entire tooth has been removed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut.

After your treatment, Dr. Merguerian will provide you with a set of recovery instructions to use as you heal. You may experience symptoms like pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising, which should peak within 72 hours. It’s important to follow your recovery instructions, take things easy, and be careful around the extraction site as it heals. Most of your symptoms will subside within 5-7 days, and your extraction site will typically be completely healed after 2 weeks.

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