Tooth Extraction Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Getting a tooth pulled is unpleasant, but at times it's essential to avoid additional health problems. For expert extractions, trust the experienced team of dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard. Visit us when you’re in need of having a tooth pulled. Request a consultation online or call our office.

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 could need a tooth extracted because it's too seriously broken to keep. Decay, trauma, and lifestyle may all contribute to the need for having 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
  • Extra or crowded teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

What is the procedure for extraction?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. In a simple extraction, a highly experienced dentist at Sunrise Dental will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more complex. The tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is typical with wisdom teeth. To perform a surgical extraction the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The affected tooth may need to be sectioned (cut into parts) so it can be more easily removed. Some bone may also need to be removed from around the tooth.

You'll receive a local anesthetic before a simple extraction or surgical extraction so you will not feel any pain. If you're having a couple of teeth removed at one appointment, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.

What is the timeline for healing from a tooth extraction?

While it's contingent on your particular case and the number of teeth you had removed, the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. You may encounter difficulty chewing or general aches and pains on your way to recovery, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.

Since everyone's situation is unique, we recommend you contact Sunrise Dental to schedule a consultation to explore your options in addition to any important post-procedure treatments such as dental implants or crowns.

Call today or schedule over the web using the booking tool.