Tooth Extractions

Although our primary aim is to preserve and take care of your natural teeth, there are certain situations when extracting a tooth becomes necessary for your better oral health. We strive to make the process of tooth extraction as smooth and comfortable as possible so that you can concentrate on a speedy recovery.

Pain-free tooth extraction in Baltimore, MD

At Hamilton Family Dentistry, we understand that the idea of a tooth extraction can be daunting. Our goal is to ensure you feel informed, comfortable, and confident in the care you receive. Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to maintain oral health, and our skilled team uses gentle techniques and anesthesia to make the process as smooth as possible. From the initial consultation to post-procedure care, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone. It’s typically performed by a dentist or oral surgeon under local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort. Extractions are done for various reasons, such as severe tooth decay, infection, or crowding, and in preparation for orthodontic treatment. After your appointment, we’ll send you home with specific care instructions to follow to promote healing and avoid complications.

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Your comfort is our top priority. We go above and beyond to provide exceptional care tailored to your unique needs. If you need a tooth extraction, don’t hesitate to reach out.
dentists tools and a molar after tooth extraction
  • How much does it cost to get a tooth pulled?

    The cost of a tooth extraction varies, ranging from $20 to $400, depending on the complexity of your case.

    Dental insurance often covers 50 to 70% of the expense. If you need to have a tooth pulled but do not have insurance, Hamilton Family Dentistry offers dental savings plans that can help.

  • What does the tooth extraction healing process involve?

    1. A blood clot will form at the extraction site to protect the area.
    2. Avoid actions that could dislodge the clot, like using a straw.
    3. You may experience minor swelling and discomfort, which should lessen in a few days.
    4. Keep the area clean with gentle care and saltwater rinses.
    5. The gum tissue and bone will gradually heal in the extraction area.
  • When can you stop using gauze after tooth extraction?

    After having a tooth extraction, it is recommended to use gauze to control bleeding for 2-3 hours. This duration is typically required to form a blood clot in the socket.

    Biting down on the gauze and applying pressure aids in slowing down the bleeding and allows the clot to stabilize.

    You should replace the gauze every 15 minutes until only a light pink spot is left on it. This indicates that the blood clot has sealed the extraction site successfully, and you can safely stop using the gauze.

  • What can I eat after a tooth extraction?

    After tooth extraction, sticking to soft and easily consumable foods is crucial to aid healing and avoid complications during the tooth extraction healing process. Recommended foods include:

    • Broths and soups
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Applesauce
    • Cottage cheese
    • Smoothies
  • What should I not eat after a tooth extraction?

    • Avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that might irritate the extraction site.
    • Stay away from hot foods and drinks which can disrupt the healing process.
    • Remember to chew on the side opposite the extraction site and avoid using straws to prevent the risk of developing a dry socket.​

More Questions?

If you have more questions about tooth extractions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also schedule an appointment or see the other services we provide using the links below.

Hamilton Family Dentistry

5810 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
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