We Care 4U Dental Center
Raquel J. Pagan, DDS
Family & General Dentist located in Silver Spring, MD
If your tooth isn’t salvageable or causes alignment problems, extraction may be necessary. If you need an extraction, turn to a premier professional to perform your procedure. Raquel Pagan, DDS, the dedicated dentist at We Care 4U Dental Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, is an expert who understands your concerns about extractions. She recommends extractions only when necessary. Book your appointment online or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.
Tooth Extractions Q & A
What are tooth extractions?
An extraction is another word for tooth removal. Dr. Pagan administers painless injections before all extractions to ensure you have a comfortable experience.
Typically, Dr. Pagan reserves tooth extractions for situations in which a tooth can’t be saved, even with restorative treatments.
When would I need a tooth extraction?
Some of the reasons for tooth extractions include:
Severe tooth decay
In some cases, a root canal procedure can save your tooth if you have infected tooth pulp. But, for a root canal to be successful, you need a healthy tooth structure. In the cases where severe tooth decay affects the majority of a tooth, including the enamel and pulp, extraction can prevent that decay from becoming more invasive and affecting other teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth
When you have wisdom teeth stuck under the bone — impaction — they can't erupt normally. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain. They can also pressure the roots of your other teeth, namely your molars, causing bite changes and tooth alignment problems.
If you're getting braces or undergoing other orthodontic treatment, you might need some tooth extractions beforehand. By removing specific teeth, it makes room for your teeth to shift into the ideal positions during your treatment.
If you have extra teeth, for example lingering baby teeth even after your adult teeth erupt, those extra teeth can trigger bite and alignment issues. Removing extra teeth allows your healthy teeth to move into their proper places.
Gum disease, particularly in the more advanced form called periodontitis, can cause wide-reaching damage. It erodes your gums and the jawbone, leaving your teeth highly unstable. Dr. Pagan may recommend tooth extraction in cases where your natural teeth aren't restorable due to widespread gum disease.
If you have any of these issues or another problem with your tooth, Dr. Pagan can explain your alternatives and help you decide whether extraction is the best choice.
What are the benefits of tooth extraction?
The most obvious benefit of tooth extraction is an end to your pain. Additionally, tooth extractions remove the decayed tissue.
But, you might worry about living with a gap in your smile after an extraction. Fortunately, Dr. Pagan explains all the possible options for tooth replacement, including dental implants, so you can have a comfortable and fully functional replacement.
For gentle tooth extractions, call We Care 4U Dental Center or click the online scheduler.