Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Tassos Sfondouris are Bethesda, MD dentists that are committed to helping their patients receive healthier smiles. Prestipino Dental Group is a full-service dental office that offers general dental care with tooth extractions using digital technology and modern techniques. Patients may require tooth extraction treatment to remove extra teeth, infected teeth, wisdom teeth, and severely damaged teeth. Removing teeth that are causing decay, pain, or overcrowding helps patients restore their teeth and gums in a healthy manner.
If your wisdom teeth are coming in, or if you require a tooth extraction for damaged teeth, call 301-276-0219. You can also request a consultation with our dentists online.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Most patients develop their wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars when they are in their late teens or early twenties. When a wisdom tooth is not removed, patients can experience tooth pain, swelling, soreness, or other dental health issues. This may be because it is impacted, and will not erupt properly. Removing wisdom teeth will prevent them from overcrowding your existing teeth. Extracting a wisdom tooth can also help alleviate your painful symptoms and restore balance to your smile.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Before your extraction procedure, we will take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to determine which type of extraction you require. We will also review your medical and dental history. If you require wisdom teeth removal, we will take a panoramic x-ray. With panoramic x-rays, we are able to determine where your teeth are coming in and how they will be removed.
Throughout the treatment process, we ensure that our patients feel comfortable and confident in our care. For simple tooth extraction, we may use a local anesthetic. For more complex cases, or during wisdom teeth extractions, we may use a different type of dental sedation. We use IV sedation for many tooth extractions. With anesthetic or sedation, patients will not feel any pain during treatment.
Following your treatment, we recommend that you avoid hard or chewy foods. The extraction site will clot over 2 to 3 days and it will take several weeks for the sockets to fully heal.