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Dental Extractions – University Place

Dental Extractions - University Place

Exodontia (teeth pulling) doesn’t have to be scary. 32 Pearls helps you understand extractions and how new technology makes them better.

Many people have a negative image of tooth extractions because they view them as scary or complicated. But you can change your experience with teeth extractions by accepting that this procedure is much simpler than you may believe. At 32 Pearls, we ensure you understand the process and encourage a positive attitude that the procedure will go well for you.

We provide affordable tooth extraction services because sometimes teeth are not as strong as we would like them to be. If a tooth is damaged or has decay, then tooth extraction is necessary (It is the same as having a tooth pulled). If a tooth is beyond repair, then it must be extracted. At 32 Pearls, we give you the opportunity to have your smile back and say goodbye to dental problems.

Sometimes a dentist needs to pull teeth in order to create room for an impacted tooth. When teeth overlap, they can get jammed together. This means they don’t have space to grow straight. If you are getting braces or Invisalign® and need teeth pulled, your dentist will extract the teeth that interfere with their movement in preparation for new teeth.

Reasons For Dental Extractions

  • A badly damaged tooth
  • Too many teeth
  • Wisdom teeth
  • To prepare for oral surgery
  • A broken tooth
  • Infection or tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Implants

What you need to know about extractions.

An extraction is a procedure to remove teeth from the mouth. There are two types of extractions. One is called a simple extraction, and the other is a surgical extraction. A surgical extraction is used on teeth that are trapped in bone or against roots that don’t move well or easily by themselves.

With a simple extraction, your dentist will remove the visible tooth using forceps, pliers and other special instruments. This type of procedure is straightforward and typically doesn’t involve any sutures or stitches. A surgical extraction requires more extensive treatment and can last from 45 minutes to an hour. This type of extraction is necessary for teeth that are impacted in the jaw, including wisdom teeth.

At 32 Pearls, we use state-of-the-art equipment and offer a wide range of procedures. The staff is highly experienced and always makes you feel comfortable. 

Everyday tooth pain

If a tooth is causing you pain daily, there is a chance that you have tooth decay or periodontitis. A tooth extraction may bring relief to your pain. Our goal is to save your tooth first. Rest assured that if it needs to be extracted, 32 Pearls will discuss with you the best options available for replacement teeth.

Tooth Extraction Process

The Evolution of extracting teeth is here!

Tooth extraction has come a long way, and we now have great technology that makes the process of extraction easier and better than before. Dentists use an internal screw and lever arm system that simplifies the process, further ensuring less damage to surrounding tissues during extraction. This combination makes healing easier.

Simple Extraction

Anesthesia will numb the teeth and the surrounding area. If you have any concerns, feel free to speak to us beforehand. We have the necessary means to help you relax.

To remove a tooth, the dentist will first loosen and raise it with a tool called an elevator. Different sizes and types of forceps help pull out the tooth.

Please see our service page on Sedation Dentistry and our blog Calming Anxiety at the Dentist for more information on how to make your tooth extraction anxiety-free.

Surgical Extraction

Dental extraction is a common procedure that removes teeth that are no longer working or healthy. The dentist will make an incision above the gumline, clean out infection and debris from your mouth, and then remove the tooth.

Steps for tooth extraction surgery

A shot of anesthesia numbs your tooth, bone, and gums. The dentist expands and stretches the socket that holds the tooth. After enlarging the socket, the dentist separates the tooth from the ligament attached to the socket.

The dentist oscillates the tooth back and forth until it comes out. A blood clot forms after the tooth is extracted and naturally closes the area.The blood clot is an important part of the process because it keeps away bacteria from the extraction.This step happens during the healing stage. Stitches or gauze support the clot, so it remains in place.

Healing at home after your procedure

Healing is different for everyone, and there is no precise answer when you will feel 100%. Follow the guidelines below, feel free to ask questions, and give yourself time to rest.

  • Be sure to follow all the instructions given to you before leaving the office.
  • Take prescribed medications for pain.
  • Keep the gauze in your mouth as long as tolerated, or about three to four hours after the procedure.
  • You may use an ice bag for up to ten minutes at a time. However, leaving ice on the affected area longer can damage tissue.
  • Rest for 24 hours and limit your activity.
  • Only use a rinse solution if recommended by your dentist or the dental staff.
  • Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol.
  • Soft foods are best for faster recovery

We will do everything we can to save your tooth.

Urgent tooth pain is not something to ignore. We encourage you to come in for your follow-up appointments. Call us immediately if you are experiencing tooth pain. The earlier we can see you, the easier it may be to save your tooth from extraction. If you need a tooth extraction or are experiencing daily tooth pain, please call us.

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