Tooth Extractions Specialist

Daniel Park D.M.D. P.A.

Dentist located in Crofton, MD

While the goal of dentistry is to preserve your teeth, there can come a time when a tooth becomes more of a liability than an asset. For such cases, Dr. Daniel Park at Daniel Park, DMD, PA, offers tooth extractions, which are less painful and disruptive than ever before thanks to modern dentistry techniques. If you need to have a tooth removed, call the Crofton, Maryland, office today or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

Tooth Extractions Q & A

Why would I need a tooth extracted?

While Dr. Park makes every effort to preserve your natural teeth, there are times when the damage is too great, and it’s better to remove the tooth. In many cases, tooth decay or gum disease has compromised the tooth beyond repair, and fillings, crowns, or root canal procedures aren’t enough to save the tooth.

As well, if your tooth has been knocked out and the original tooth is lost or it doesn’t fit back in the socket, Dr. Park may have to extract the rest of your tooth.

In some cases, an extraction is necessary for reasons beyond damaged teeth, including:

  • Making room for braces
  • Removing wisdom teeth
  • Relieving crowded teeth
  • Removing a baby tooth that doesn’t come out
  • Clearing away teeth damaged by certain medications
  • Making room for dentures

As you can see by the many different scenarios, tooth extraction is a common practice where the sacrifice of one (or several) teeth benefits your overall dental health. 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Thanks to modern techniques, including better anesthesia and imaging tools, tooth extractions aren’t the ordeal they once were. When you come in, Dr. Park first ensures that you’re comfortable using local anesthetics. Then, with the help of diagnostic imaging for accuracy, he quickly removes your tooth, ensuring that nothing remains.

What is the recovery like after a tooth extraction?

Once your extraction is complete, Dr. Park sends you home with complete aftercare instructions, as well as a prescription for antibiotics to prevent infection. The instructions are fairly straightforward and include several practices you should avoid during recovery, including:

  • Smoking
  • Vigorous brushing and rinsing
  • Drinking liquids through straws

If you follow these post-procedural instructions, your treatment area should heal quickly and cleanly.

What are my replacement options after a tooth extraction?

If Dr. Park is extracting a tooth that needs to be replaced, you can discuss your options with him, which, depending upon how many teeth he extracts, include:

  • Dental implants
  • Bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures

If you have more questions about tooth extraction, please call Daniel Park, DMD, PA, or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.