Tooth Extractions in TACOMA

why do I need my tooth extracted?

Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth cannot be repaired due to dental trauma, tooth decay, or infection. Other instances where a tooth may need to be extracted include overcrowding, to make room for orthodontic treatment or impaction. 

Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth in the mouth but some children have deciduous teeth that don’t fall out when they are supposed to, which can block the eruption of permanent teeth. 

When a tooth becomes injured or infected and cannot be saved with a root canal, an extraction is the only course of action to prevent the spread of infection, relieve pain, and replace the tooth with a restoration.

Tacoma tooth extractions

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After extraction, the pain should subside more and more each day. If you notice the pain becoming worse, this could be a sign of dry socket.

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what to expect during your extraction appointment in tacoma

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During your consultation, our dentist in Tacoma will examine your tooth and take x-rays to look for signs of infection or damage to the dental pulp. Other treatment options will be considered before resorting to extraction.

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sedation options

Before we begin the extraction process, we will administer local anesthesia for a basic tooth extraction. If you need a surgical extraction, additional sedation will likely be required, such as general anesthesia.

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incision (surgical)

To gain access to an impacted tooth, we will need to make an incision into your gums to reveal the tooth.

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loosening the tooth

The tooth is loosened with a dental elevator that is used to rock the tooth back and forth.

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Once the ligaments have been released and the tooth has been loosened in the socket, forceps are used to remove it. Surgical incisions are sutured shut.

tooth extraction options in Tacoma

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basic extraction

A basic tooth extraction is performed on teeth that have fully erupted and can be seen in the mouth. We will numb your mouth with local anesthesia and then loosen the tooth in its socket with a dental elevator. This severs the ligaments that hold your tooth in place. We’re then able to get a firm hold of the tooth with forceps and remove it from the socket.

wisdom tooth extraction

Surgical extractions are required to remove impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth or if you have suffered from dental trauma that has caused a tooth to break at the gum line. An incision is made into your gums to reveal the difficult-to-access tooth. 

The tooth may also be sectioned (cut into fragments) for easier removal. From there, the tooth is loosened and removed in the same manner as a basic extraction, with a dental elevator and forceps.

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It is normal to experience mild bleeding post-extraction for up to 48-72 hours.

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have questions about extractions? find answers here:

do tooth extractions hurt?

No, tooth extractions are not painful because we use an anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain. Surgical extractions are usually performed under general anesthesia so you would be completely unconscious for this procedure and not remember anything. 

The most pain and discomfort you will feel is during the recovery process, once the anesthetic has worn off. The pain or tenderness should be mild and can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication and by icing the area.

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how long does it take to heal?

Surgical extractions take longer to heal than basic extractions because we have to open up your gums. While healing timelines vary from person to person, you can expect the socket to be fully closed within 2 weeks and completely healed within 3-4 weeks.

do you need to replace a missing tooth?

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You do not always need to replace a missing tooth. Wisdom teeth do not need to be removed because they are considered an extra set of molars that we no longer need and often do not have enough room for in the jaw. However, other missing teeth should be replaced to prevent bone loss which can lead to shifting teeth, orthodontic problems, and premature facial sagging.

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Stainless steel crowns are typically used to restore baby or primary teeth in children.

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