At our Seattle dental office, we strive to provide conservative dental treatments that preserve your teeth as much as possible. Sometimes, though, tooth extraction is the only option we have to protect your long-term oral health. We understand that the thought of tooth extractions may be frightening and unsettling, but the procedure is often less complicated than what you may assume.
Dental procedures aim at safeguarding your oral health from several complications. Tooth extraction is one such process that can prove beneficial during conditions like severe damage or decay to your teeth.
However, there are several other reasons to contact a dentist or oral surgeon for performing tooth extractions. For instance, you might be suffering from impacted, abscessed, or mispositioned teeth. You might also be facing conditions like a wisdom teeth cavity.
In any circumstance, proper evaluation of your teeth is vital to reduce severe pain and plan a hassle-free tooth extraction.
At Pure Dental Arts, we cater to your unique condition with our expert tooth removal process. Regardless of the complexity, we plan a foolproof oral surgery focusing on your comfort and safety.
So, if you are looking to bring that healthy smile back, visit our dental clinic now!
The Need for Tooth Extractions
In simple terms, tooth extraction is the procedure of removing a tooth from its dry socket. Some oral surgeons can term this procedure as ‘pulling.’
A surgical extraction can become a necessity due to several factors. Here are some of the practical reasons for an oral surgeon to recommend a tooth extraction process:
- A broken tooth beyond fixing
- Severe tooth decay
- There is no scope for using dental implants
- Extreme gum disease
- Dental pain due to crowded teeth
- Abnormal growth of wisdom teeth
You might even need an extraction to make room for dental braces.
Overall, dental extraction is mostly a simple process that has the potential to fix various complications. Getting your tooth pulled can lead to severe pain. In this case, general dentists always use a local anesthetic during the process on the extraction site.
What Happens Before Tooth Extraction?
Dental anxiety is common before oral procedures. However, experienced dentist understand a patient’s mindset before deciding to perform tooth extractions.
Before a surgical extraction, dentists follow a methodical approach.
Assessment of the Potential Extraction Site
In the beginning, your dentist or oral surgeon will analyze a decayed tooth and the surrounding gums. For this purpose, the professional uses the following methods:
- Visual observation
- Dental X-rays
After an in-depth analysis, the dentist will decide on the need for a surgical tooth removal.
Mutual Discussion About The Procedure
In most cases, pulling a tooth is a simple extraction process. However, discussion on existing health conditions and medications is crucial.
Be sure to inform the oral surgeon about your family history or supplements before the extraction process.
Options to Reduce Severe Pain
In the third stage, the dental expert will discuss the type of local anesthesia to address your dental anxiety.
Here are some common sedation options to consider:
- Intravenous sedation (IV)
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral medications like midazolam or diazepam
The use of sedation at the extraction site varies per your condition’s complexity.
At Pure Dental Arts, our team of dentists follows all the necessary protocols per the American dental association guidelines. Book your appointment in case of any dental problems.
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The Tooth Extraction Process
Depending on your individual case, tooth extraction falls under two categories:
- Simple extraction
- Surgical extraction
In the first case, a dentist or oral surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site. They then remove the affected tooth with the help of instruments like an elevator.
During a surgical extraction, you receive both local and intravenous anesthesia. This type of surgery is necessary for the following scenarios:
- The tooth has not completely erupted
- There are multiple pieces of a broken tooth
- The tooth has a complex anatomy
In such cases, a dentist needs to remove the bone around the tooth. Proper care of blood clots, jaw bone condition, and gum line is vital in this procedure. Hence, you need to choose an expert dental surgeon to perform the extraction safely in such a complex surgical site.
What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
After performing the procedure, taking care of the socket is vital. A dentist will place a gauze pad on the extraction site and can instruct you to bite firmly.
This activity leads to the formation of a blood clot. After the blood clot forms, the healing process begins naturally.
A dentist will examine essential blood clotting after getting your tooth pulled. You can eventually remove the gauze pad as per the dentist’s instructions.
Benefits of Extracting a Tooth
Tooth extraction can seem like a final solution to existing dental issues. However, this process can prove useful on several fronts:
- Reduces harmful bacteria, thereby promoting good oral health
- Eases dental pain
- It prevents future complications and avoids severe tooth trauma
- Saves adjacent teeth
- Prevent infection from spreading to other teeth
However, it is crucial to choose a reliable dentist to benefit from these advantages and avoid issues like a dry socket.
Experienced dentists guide you with post-extraction tips and suggestions. So, you can receive practical advice to promote healing and prevent dental complications.
Risks Associated With Tooth Removal
In most cases, reliable dentists follow a systematic tooth removal process. Hence, issues like dry socket and delayed healing are often rare.
However, there are small chances of complications after tooth extraction. Here are some common issues that can arise due to this process:
- The emergence of exposed bone at the site known as a dry socket
- Vomiting or bleeding
- Cough and shortness of breath
- Swelling or inflammation at the removal site
- Persistent pain in the mouth
If you notice these symptoms, contact your oral surgeon immediately as they can suggest helpful tips to limit bleeding or reduce swelling.
In case of complex issues like a dry socket, you will mainly require specialized treatment.
Treating Dry Socket
This risk is associated with the removal of permanent teeth. After tooth extraction, a blood clot can fail to form at the site.
As a result, the underlying bone is exposed. Hence, foreign particles like food debris can accumulate in this location. The inflammation can be painful and lead to further infection.
To treat dry socket, your dentist can offer the following suggestions:
- Prescription of pain medications
- Flushing the socket
- Packing the socket with medicated gel
- Consistent rinsing of the area
Hence, it is essential to choose expert tooth extraction professionals to rectify these possible issues.
Tooth Extraction After Care Tips
Paying proper attention to prevent complications after tooth removal is vital. Here are some quick suggestions that most dentists offer to their patients.
Over-the-counter medications and prescribed painkillers can reduce pain after the procedure. You should follow the routine as told by your dentist since the site becomes sore after the process.
You should gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water after the day of the extraction. This habit can also prevent a painful dry socket.
Right after tooth removal, it is ideal not to consume solid foods that require chewing. Also, avoid hot liquids and eat soft foods like yogurt. Drinking slightly warm water can also help in relieving pain.
After tooth extraction, you need to avoid brushing on the site for few days. Ensure that you do not exert pressure on the gum tissue and adjacent area of the extraction site.
Limiting physical activity and taking adequate rest are crucial for quick recovery. Follow the routine recommended by your dentist to resume strenuous activities after the dental procedure.
Fast Recovery Tips From Pure Dental Arts
At Pure Dental Arts, we emphasize heavily on patient comfort and recovery. Hence, we offer practical tips to increase the pace of recovery after the tooth removal process.
Here are some of the suggestions to follow after undergoing a tooth extraction:
- Use an ice pack regularly after the dental procedure to reduce swelling
- Reduce bleeding using a gauze pad
- Do not smoke or rinse forfew days after the procedure
- Elevate your head with the help of pillows during sleep
- Introduce solid foods gradually into your diet
In addition to the above recommendations, you need to avoid intense physical activities for two to five days after the procedure. Also, be sure to stock your grocery with foods like rice, mashed potatoes, applesauce, and eggs.
For more suggestions, expert guidance, and professional tooth removal service, contact Pure Dental Arts.
When to Consult A Dentist Post-extraction?
Pain, bad breath, and swelling are normal symptoms after undergoing a tooth extraction procedure. However, as a patient, you should be aware of worrying signs that indicate potential complications after the treatment.
Here are some indications of contacting a dentist without any delay:
- You experience fever and chills
- There is periodic vomiting or nausea
- You observe excessive discharge from the extraction site
- Symptoms like chest pain and cough become severe
If you observe such signs, be sure to contact your dentist without any hesitation. Usually, the recovery phase will last for seven to fourteen days. After this duration, you should be able to resume most of your daily tasks.
Your dentist can suggest further treatment, including dental implants or dentures if needed.
Avail Tooth Extraction Service in Seattle
Pure Dental Arts is an all-inclusive dental service provider in Queen Anne, Seattle. You can explore a wide range of dental procedures at our clinic ranging from family dentistry to teeth grinding.
Our tooth extraction process ensures minimum discomfort for our patients. We use best-in-class equipment to remove an affected tooth efficiently.
Notably, our dental team is well-versed and experienced in handling various oral health problems proficiently. So, be sure to contact us in case you need a hassle-free tooth removal service.
Convenient Payment Options
We have multiple convenient payment options for you to choose from. We also offer no-interest payment options.
No Insurance? No Problem: We’ve Got You Covered.
Don’t worry if you don’t have dental insurance. Our Pure Dental Arts In-House Dental Membership Plan can help you save 20-50% off average treatment fees (average for the Seattle area). You can get the dental care you deserve without money being an obstacle.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
As dentists, our ultimate goal is to save/preserve your teeth, but certain conditions may make tooth extraction the only option:
- Severe decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair
- Serious infection of teeth nerves that cannot be resolved with fillings or root canals
- Impacted wisdom teeth that have grown in, at an orientation that threatens the alignment of adjacent teeth
- Preparation for placement of full or partial dentures
- Ill-positioned teeth that affect alignment of adjacent and opposing teeth
- Dental trauma that has severely damaged teeth beyond repair
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment for younger patients
Our state-of-the-art technology makes tooth extraction safe, efficient, all the while minimizing post-operative pain and discomfort. Dr. Goel and Dr. Chiang, as well as our highly experienced dental team will do everything possible to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. We also provide options like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation that can help reduce or eliminate your dental anxiety, making for an effortless and easy appointment.
Compassionate Dental Care
At Pure Dental Arts we strive to make dental appointments convenient to schedule. Which is why we offer expanded evening hours, as well as Saturday appointments. We also offer flexible financing options to assist you in receiving the treatment you need.
Please understand that tooth extraction is always a last resort. We understand how scary it can sound, to be told that you need a “tooth pulled.” Our compassionate, caring team will make your procedure as smooth as possible. Contact our dental office in Queen Anne or Everett for a complimentary consultation or an appointment for more info.