Dentists try to preserve patients’ teeth as often as possible, but in some cases, extraction is the only option. You might need your tooth pulled if you have specific conditions that put your oral health at risk. While this might not sound pleasant, Dr. Diana Wu offers sedation dentistry and other options to help you feel more comfortable with this procedure. Dr. Wu performs tooth extractions at Issaquah Premier Dental for patients in Issaquah, Washington.

Extraction Q & A

What are common reasons for tooth extractions?

You might end up needing to have one or more teeth pulled if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Severe damage or decay that puts you at risk of infection
  • Infected teeth that a root canal can't save
  • Advanced gum disease that has loosened teeth
  • Crowding in your mouth, which can affect jaw alignment
  • Impacted teeth (such as wisdom teeth) that haven’t broken through your gums

Do dentists use anesthesia?

Dr. Wu provides you with a local anesthetic to numb the area so that you won’t feel anything during the extraction.

If desired and safe, Dr. Wu might offer sedation dentistry, so that you will be relaxed and might even be semi-conscious during the extraction. If you’re having more than one tooth pulled, she might use both nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

After administering anesthesia, Dr. Wu gently removes the affected tooth from your mouth.

If you’re having impacted teeth removed, this involves cutting into the gum to reach these teeth. Dr. Wu will place a gauze pad over the affected area to help with bleeding. You might also have stitches that dissolve on their own.

What happens after an extraction?

After you have a tooth extraction, you’ll need to keep the area protected from the occurrence of dry socket, which happens if the blood clot in the empty socket comes loose. If you have a dry socket, you might need to have a dressing put on it.

How can I minimize discomfort after an extraction?

It’s common to have some discomfort after you’ve had a tooth removed. You can ease this by taking over-the-counter pain medications, restricting your activities for a couple of days, and putting ice on the affected area.

You should also avoid:

  • Using straws
  • Eating hard foods
  • Rinsing vigorously
  • Smoking
  • Drinking hot liquids

All of those activities can loosen the blood clot in the socket.

How long do extractions take to heal?

It takes roughly one or two weeks for the area to heal, although it can take longer for new tissue to grow.

Dr. Wu might recommend installing an implant or other replacement tooth to prevent problems, such as chewing problems. These replacement teeth can also improve your appearance, especially if your missing teeth are in the front of your mouth.

If you think you might need a tooth extraction, please contact Issaquah Premier Dental in Issaquah, Washington, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wu.

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