Tooth Extraction

Thi Nguyen, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Tacoma Dental Care

Thi Nguyen, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For safe and expert extractions, see the highly qualified team at Tacoma Dental Care in Tacoma, Washington. If you think you may need a tooth extraction, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why are extractions sometimes necessary?

Even though permanent teeth are made to last your lifetime, it doesn't always happen. For instance, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it's too cracked or chipped to repair. Trauma, decay, and lifestyle can all lead to needing a tooth pulled.

Extractions may be necessary for other reasons, including:

  • Risk of infection from an unsuccessful root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

What is the procedure for extraction?

There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. During this procedure, a highly accomplished dentist at Tacoma Dental Care will first loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. They will then use forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction can be more invasive. The tooth may not have come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth, or it may have broken off at your gum line. During a surgical extraction, the dentist makes a little cut into the gum to locate and take out the tooth in question. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be thoroughly extracted.

Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic. You'll sleep and be pain-free throughout the whole procedure.

How soon can I expect to heal from a tooth extraction?

Depending on how many teeth you had extracted and your specific circumstances, healing usually takes one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grow in the spaces where your teeth used to be. It's possible you could have trouble chewing or experience other pain and discomfort as you recover, depending on the scope of your dental operation.

Since everyone's situation is unique, it’s best to contact Tacoma Dental Care and book a consultation so you can discover your options, including any necessary post-procedure treatments such as crowns or dental implants.

Contact Tacoma Dental Care by phone or make an appointment online using the booking tool.