Precise, gentle tooth extractions are nothing to fear
Bingham-Lester Dentistry uses gentle techniques and sophisticated technologies to precisely, painlessly, predictably, efficiently, and safely perform a variety of procedures, including tooth extractions. So, extractions planned and administered by Dr. Bingham-Lester are nothing to fear! Furthermore, she works closely with patients in Crofton, Gambrills, and the Annapolis area to minimize the risk of irreparable damage. This type of damage results in the need for a tooth to be extracted, followed by prompt tooth replacement.
However, there are some situations where extractions are necessary. In fact, removing impacted wisdom teeth is such a common procedure that it is almost considered to be a “rite of passage.”
Here, we explain the different types of tooth removal that are available to remove the troubled tooth and quickly get you back to smiling, speaking, and eating comfortably again. We’re also happy to provide a glimpse into the ways that we differ from other dental offices in the area. These differences matter for your long-term oral health and overall well-being.
If a decayed or otherwise damaged tooth is visible and intact above the gumline, it may be a candidate for removal with “simple” extraction techniques. After the area is precisely numbed, your dentist will use special tools and a light touch to gently access, loosen, and lift the tooth from its socket. Since the tooth is numbed, you won’t feel anything. If you are nervous about treatment anyway, we’re happy to discuss sedative options to help you feel your most relaxed. Teeth that are badly decayed or infected, yet otherwise accessible, may be removed with this straightforward process.
If a tooth is badly broken or has only partially erupted or emerged through the gums, surgical removal will likely be on the horizon. The most common type of surgical extractions involves impacted wisdom teeth. These third molars (the last teeth to erupt in your mouth) frequently have insufficient room to develop normally. In turn, they may become partially or fully trapped in the bone and underneath the gums. This produces pressure, intense pain, and potentially damages surrounding teeth and oral structures.
Surgical wisdom tooth removal instantly relieves pain and supports healthy healing. We will provide you with instructions on what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, as well as important post-treatment considerations. Generally, deeper anesthesia will be administered for utmost comfort and relaxation. While techniques vary depending on factors such as the position of the tooth, Dr. Bingham-Lester accesses and exposes the problematic tooth. For ease of removal, the tooth may be extracted in parts. Depending on your needs, well-placed incisions and/or removal of bone could be required to get to the tooth.
Ideally, your tooth will be preserved. Sometimes, such as is the case with complications from wisdom teeth, extractions are necessary. Do not wait for symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bleeding to arise. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.