Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How a Tooth is Extracted

When teeth become problematic to the point where they are hurting your health, it is sometimes the best option to extract them. Here at Bishop & Bishop Dental in Silver Spring, MD, we perform extractions for patients whose teeth are compromising their health. While it is ideal to keep your real teeth intact, extraction is better than a dangerous infection.

Depending on the complexity of the extraction, a local anesthetic or a general anesthesia may be used. It will depend on how many teeth are being extracted and if they are impacted or not. Since many wisdom teeth are impacted, incisions must be made to the gums. Bone tissue may also need to be removed. Once the tooth is able to be accessed, forceps are used to rock the tooth back and forth until it is loose enough to be removed. Sometimes the tooth will need to be broken up into more than one piece before the whole thing is removed. Afterward, the area will be cleaned and stitched up, if stitches are necessary.

If you are in need of an extraction, be sure to follow up with our care instructions. To set up an appointment at Bishop & Bishop Dental in Silver Spring, MD, call our office at (301) 608-9270 or visit our website,

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