Dr. Vernon Sheen of The Annapolis Center for Dental Health & Wellness offers tooth extractions as well as wisdom teeth removal for his patients. For patients of record needing a tooth extraction, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
During this appointment, our dentist in Annapolis, MD will evaluate the tooth and make treatment recommendations as well as replacement tooth options if needed.
New patients should contact our office to schedule a new patient exam and consultation to discuss your dental concerns.
Tooth Pain and Tooth Extractions
If you have tooth pain, it may seem like the best solution is to remove the tooth. In most cases, however, it is better to preserve the natural tooth. Dr. Sheen can do this with treatments like a root canal or restorative dentistry.
Replacing the Extracted Tooth
If a tooth extraction is needed, Dr. Sheen will recommend replacement options for the missing tooth. In the past, the option available was a dental bridge to replace the tooth. A dental implant supported dental crown offers the most natural replacement option when compared to a traditional dental bridge.
A bridge will require reduction of the healthy adjacent teeth to secure it. An implant supported crown will only replace the tooth that is lost and will not harm the surrounding teeth. Replacing the tooth will an implant will help to preserve bone structure, promote better gum health and prevent remaining teeth from shifting.
For patients with severe dental issues that may require all their teeth to be extracted, Dr. Sheen also offers dental implant supported dentures. This type of teeth replacement will offer the patient a better quality of life when compared to a traditional denture.
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Sheen can make a referral for a local oral surgeon. The first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Sheen for a consultation. We will examine the teeth and take any necessary x-rays or other imaging.
If Dr. Sheen determines that the wisdom teeth should be extracted, he will make the referral and see you post-op for follow up examinations.
Dr. Sheen and our staff will make every effort to ensure that you are relaxed, comfortable and understand each step in the tooth extraction process. We will apply a local anesthetic to completely numb the area.
Dr. Sheen will gently rock the tooth back and forth and release the supporting ligaments before gently sliding the tooth out of its socket. During the procedure, most patients will experience mild pressure in the area where the tooth is being extracted.
If there has been acute pain due to infection in or around the tooth, the extraction should relieve your pain almost immediately.
The empty socket will be cleaned and filled with gauze to promote healing and we will provide post treatment care instructions to help avoid complications such as dry socket.
If you experience sudden or sharp pain, renewed bleeding or increased swelling it is important that you contact our office right away so that we can advise you on how to proceed.
Are tooth extractions painful?
No, most tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removals are not a painful process. We utilize local anesthesia so that you do not feel pain during the process. Your dental care team will be attentive and responsive to your discomfort if any. Do not hesitate to let your dentist know that you are in discomfort, so that we can make adjustments and make sure you are fully comfortable.
Is wisdom teeth removal necessary?
Only a small percentage of the American population can live a full life with wisdom teeth. Many young patients that leave their wisdom teeth unaddressed come back later with issues such as tooth pain, tooth crowding, and more. Dentists always recommend removing wisdom teeth as soon as possible to prevent more costly procedures and issues down the road.
Can you replace an extracted tooth?
Yes. Sometimes a tooth in the “smile zone” needs to be removed. Your dentist may recommend a dental implant for the best natural-looking result. We will explain all of your options in detail, and give you time to decide without pressure.