Do you have a damaged, decayed tooth? Sometimes, a tooth is beyond restorative care and needs removal. Tooth extractions are especially necessary if there is an active infection, bone resorption, pain, or potential for decay and future infection.
Dr. Walter Mazzella will also remove primary or baby teeth in some cases if they are bothersome to your child or at the recommendation of your child’s orthodontist. Tooth extractions are preventative dental treatments that help stop the spread of infection or damage to other teeth. We also provide additional general dentistry services to patients in Woodstock, Maryland.
How Do I Know if I Need a Dental Extraction?
The most common reason for dental extraction is tooth decay. Patients with tooth decay often experience these symptoms:
- Grey, brown, and black spots on teeth
- Pain when eating and drinking
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Please contact Dr. Mazzella if you have a dental infection. Even if you do not require a dental extraction, he may recommend a filling or root canal treatment to preserve your natural tooth.
Tooth Extraction Treatment in Woodstock, MD
Before tooth extraction treatment, Dr. Mazzella will take CBCT scans to ensure which teeth require extraction. These scans also help Dr. Mazzella plan the best techniques. Dr. Mazzella will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. He can perform simple or complex extractions. Simple tooth extractions remove teeth that are above the gum line. Complex extractions remove teeth at or below the gums.
Dr. Mazzella will also prescribe antibiotics or pain medication after the extraction. Following tooth extractions, we place gauze at the extraction site. Gauze helps form blood clots at the site and prevents dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot dislodges. In most cases, dry socket will heal on its own, but it can cause pain and discomfort for patients. If patients have a complex extraction, they will need to avoid eating near the extraction site and stick to a soft diet for several days.
Dr. Mazzella can provide dental implant treatment for patients after they have fully healed from extraction treatment. Implants are customized to each patient and feel just like natural teeth.
Contact Our Dental Practice Today
Do you have a serious dental infection? Call Dr. Mazzella for extraction treatment today at (410) 559-9951. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Mazzella on our website.