Published: 08/14/2019

For generations, the topic of tooth extraction has been a source of many misconceptions. In fact, patients may not tell their periodontists in Rockville, MD about tooth pain or problems because they fear requiring a tooth extraction. Dr. Steven N. Rice helps people of all ages reduce their anxiety about having teeth extracted by educating them on what really happens when a tooth is surgically removed.

Below are three of the most commonly repeated falsehoods regarding tooth extraction.

  1. Having a tooth removed hurts. Today, modern dental providers take every precaution necessary to ensure their patients are numb before any treatment begins. Usually, any tooth pain related to an extraction happens before the extraction, not during. After the extraction, any lingering discomfort can be handled with medicines and at-home care.
  2. Teeth extractions are rarely needed. It is true that some extractions are unnecessary, and most periodontists only take out teeth as a last resort. For instance, if a patient has enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, the wisdom teeth will not have to be taken out unless they are causing complications. However, if a tooth has been very damaged, is in an unnatural or uncomfortable spot or is causing other problems, extracting it may be the best solution. Many people have teeth extracted during their lifetimes.
  3. Major bone loss always occurs after tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed from the mouth, it affects the surrounding bone. Without stimulation, the bone will begin to resorb into the body, causing bone loss. Yet this does not have to happen. Dental implants are a lasting, stable replacement for natural teeth. Plus, dental implants look like regular teeth so they effortlessly blend in. In some circumstances, periodontists can remove a tooth and place a dental implant the same day.

Living with Tooth Pain?
Have you wondered if you need a tooth extraction due to damaged, impacted or painful teeth? Contact Dr. Rice in Rockville, MD at (240) 747-7342 or by requesting an appointment online.

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