ADA Accessibility Information


Dr. David A. Mugford
Dr. Tassos Sfondouris
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

Call Us: (410) 260-0790

Tooth Extraction
Crofton, MD

Tooth Extraction patient in Crofton, MDAt The Mugford Center, we are always looking out for the best interest of your mouth. It is a rare thing, but occasionally one of our patient’s tooth will have suffered so much damage due to trauma or decay that it will need to be removed. Extractions are also commonly performed on wisdom teeth. Whatever the reason, extractions are a standard procedure that we frequently perform and with fantastic results.

Reasons Teeth Are Extracted

There are some reasons teeth might need to be extracted which include:
•  Extreme decay
•  Gum disease that has resulted in bone loss
•  Traumatic fracturing of the tooth
•  A tooth that will be impacted upon eruption
•  Teeth that are non-functional or in the way of what will be a more functional bridge or implant

There are two classifications of a tooth extraction – simple and surgical. A simple extraction does not require us to make any incisions in the soft tissues of the mouth whereas a surgical extraction does.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

The process to remove a tooth with a simple extraction procedure is, as you might guess, simple. Every procedure starts with a numbing of the site and any anesthesia that you request. Once we are certain of your comfort, we will employ the use of a tool called an “elevator” that grips the crown of your tooth. Once the elevator has established a firm grip on your tooth, we will rock it gently back and forth to loosen it to the point where it can be lifted out of its socket.

When we remove a tooth using a surgical procedure, we will usually need to make incision in your gums to get better access to the tooth. Sometimes we can remove the tooth using a similar method to that of the elevator method described above. Other times we may need to split the tooth into halves or quarters to be more easily removed piece by piece. Once the tooth has been fully removed we will suture the site closed and apply gauze to the surgery site to encourage a blood clot to form.

Post-Operative Tooth Extraction Instructions

Whenever you have a tooth extracted the most important piece of advice that we can give you is to keep gauze on it for at least an hour, and once a clot forms, protect it. The blood clot that forms in the extraction site is critical to the quick recovery of your mouth. To protect the clot, the following points are important:
•  No sucking motions with your mouth (straws, cigarettes)
•  No tobacco use
•  No alcohol use
•  Plenty of cold compresses to bring down swelling
•  Do not brush or floss the extractions site

Bleeding in your mouth ought to slow dramatically after the first hour and stop completely roughly 8-12 hours after the procedure. You may notice a bit of a pinkish discharge, which is to be expected. Brushing should be done with care, and special caution should be taken to avoid the site. It is fine to take a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Advil or Aleve to manage pain. If we send you home with a prescription of any kind, please follow all dosing instructions

Call us today at (410) 260-0790 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

Call Us
(410) 260-0790

Connect with Us
Office Hours
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed