William A. Taylor, DDS, PA

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Silver Spring, MD

The dental experts at William A. Taylor, Jr., DDS, PA, practice conservative dental care that always aims to keep as much of your natural oral structures intact as possible, but there are some situations where a tooth can be more trouble than it’s worth. If you are in need of an extraction, schedule a visit with Dr. Taylor at his state-of-the-art clinic in Silver Spring, Maryland, today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Extractions Q & A

What is an extraction?

An extraction is the professional removal of one of your teeth from its socket. When you get an extraction, Dr. Taylor removes the entirety of your tooth, including both your crown (the part that sticks up above the gum line) and the roots (the part beneath the gum line).

Dr. Taylor uses a local anesthetic when performing your extraction in order to make the process as painless and as comfortable as possible.

Why would I need an extraction?

There are a few reasons why removing one of your teeth might improve your overall oral health, like:

Tooth decay

If you have a decayed tooth that Dr. Taylor can’t treat with a filling, crown, or root canal, he might suggest an extraction. In this case, an extraction might prevent the decay from spreading to neighboring teeth and infecting your gums and jawbone. 

Physical damage

If you’ve suffered from physical trauma that’s left you with a chip or fracture in your tooth that extends down to the pulp, Dr. Taylor might not be able to restore your tooth with more conservative methods, like dental bonding or a crown.

If your tooth’s pulp has been significantly damaged, Dr. Taylor might recommend an extraction to preserve the integrity of the rest of your smile.

Dental abscess

A dental abscess is normally treated with a root canal, but there are some situations where the abscess is so extensive that it causes damages to your tooth roots, in which case an extraction might be the best means of preventing the infection from spreading.

Misalignment or crowding

If your teeth are severely misaligned, or if they’re too crowded for your jaw, an extraction might help to create more room in your mouth to aid in orthodontic treatment. 

What’s involved with getting an extraction?

First, Dr. Taylor numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic. Then he uses a special tool to loosen your tooth from its socket. When your tooth is significantly loose, he simply pulls it out.

Once your tooth is out, he packs your socket with gauze to help a clot form. Depending on your situation, he might also perform a bone graft immediately after your extraction to reinforce your jawbone and help prevent bone loss.

After you’ve healed from your extraction, you can discuss tooth replacement options with Dr. Taylor, like a bridge, dentures, or a dental implant.

To get started with your extraction today, schedule a visit with William A. Taylor, Jr., DDS, PA, by calling the office or booking an appointment online.