Federal Way, WA
Federal Way, WA woman smiling after recovering from a tooth extraction by her dentist.At Tran Family Dentistry & Associates, we know how important your teeth are. When your teeth are compromised, we do everything that we can to save them. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, saving these teeth just isn't possible. Moreover, when it isn't, we can perform an extraction.
Why extract teeth?
An extraction is the last option when all other restorative options have failed. There are a few reasons why we might need to extract your teeth:
- Severe Tooth Damage: Damaged teeth can often be restored with crowns. However, when the damage is severe and extends below the gum line, it can often not be saved.
- Severe Tooth Decay: Most tooth decay can be remedied with a filling. However, when you have a significant amount of tooth decay, and a filling would pose a threat to the tooth, it is often better to extract it.
- Impacted Teeth: This is usually an issue with wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth cannot grow in properly, and pose problems for adjacent teeth.
- Overcrowding: Orthodontics can help to fix overcrowding, but teeth may first need to be extracted to make enough room.
- As a Preventative Measure: Teeth may be extracted if your immune system is compromised and you are at risk for developing an infection.
Types of Tooth Extractions
There are two different types of tooth extractions. The first is known as a simple extraction. With this type of extraction, the tooth only requires loosening and can easily be lifted from the socket.
The second type of tooth extraction is known as a surgical extraction. Surgical extractions are often required when your tooth is going to be difficult to remove. This could be because the tooth is impacted, blocked, or broken into several pieces. Surgical extractions require incisions into the gum tissue to fully remove the tooth.
Tooth Extraction Process
Before we consider removing your tooth, we first must conduct a thorough examination, ruling out the possibility of any other restorative option. If we determine that your tooth cannot be saved, we will move forward with the extraction.
A simple extraction is a relatively straightforward process. We first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Next, we grip the tooth with forceps and wiggle the tooth back and forth, widening the socket and loosening the tooth. When the tooth is loose enough, we simply lift it out of the socket.
A surgical extraction is a more involved procedure. After we administer a local anesthetic, we then make a few small incisions in your gum tissue. This allows us to access the root of the tooth, along with the jawbone. We then carefully, and completely remove the tooth. In some instances, a small amount of bone may also need to be removed. There are some cases in which we need to break the tooth to get it out. We clean the socket and stitch your gums closed. Once you have healed, we can then discuss replacement options such as a dental bridge or implants.
When you are suffering from tooth damage, Tran Family Dentistry & Associates is here to help. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your mouth, and look for any way we can to save your teeth. However, in the instance that we can't, we can perform an extraction. Call (206) 212-0394 today for more information.