Tooth Extractions – DuPont, WA

Tooth Extractions Always Performed Comfortably

Man in need of tooth extraction covering his mouth

Research conducted at The Mayo Clinic shows that tooth extractions have a very low risk of complications. So why does the thought of having a tooth removed cause most people to become anxious? First of all, teeth are meant to last a lifetime so extracting a tooth is contrary to expectations. Despite the fact that dental anesthesia is extremely effective, most people also assume there will be some discomfort. Fortunately, if you need tooth extractions in DuPont, WA, the dentists at DuPont Family Dentistry can perform the procedure comfortably and with little to no pain.

Why Choose DuPont Family Dentistry for Tooth Extractions?

  • Straightforward, Stress-Free Extractions
  • Team That Treats You Like Family
  • Early and Late Appointment Times

Why Do I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

X-ray of damaged tooth before tooth extraction

There are many different reasons for tooth extraction. One of the most common is tooth decay that has gone beyond the point of repair with a filling, inlay, onlay or dental crown. In this case, extraction must be performed to stop the spread of decay to nearby teeth and to eliminate any discomfort or pain.

One or more teeth may also need to be extracted in order to give crowded teeth more room. This can also improve oral health and the appearance of your smile.

Preparation for orthodontic treatment is another common reason for tooth extraction. In order for teeth to be able to align correctly they need sufficient space. Therefore, one or more teeth sometimes need to be removed to eventually lead to a straighter smile.

Right around the time when orthodontic treatment typically comes off, wisdom teeth may need to be removed from the mouth as well. Also called third molars, these teeth tend to be larger than average. There may simply not be enough room left in the jaw to accommodate them. Additionally, if wisdom teeth are impacted (meaning they are trapped beneath your gums) then they can press on adjacent teeth, causing pain and even misalignment over time.

Finally, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Advanced periodontitis can result in severe gum and tissue loss. As a result, teeth may become loosened to the point that extraction is necessary.

How are Teeth Extracted?

Metal clasp holding an extracted tooth

Although each situation is unique, extractions are typically uneventful, and the procedure lasts for only a few minutes. The bone, gum and tooth will be anesthetized using a numbing agent for patients who will remain awake during the process. Your dentist in DuPont also offers oral conscious sedation to relieve anxiety. With this, you will take a small dose of sedative before your appointment so you can relax while the dentist removes your tooth.

After the extraction, you will be given very detailed instructions for caring for the extraction site for the next few days. In most cases, if this area is kept clean and you follow our recovery instructions, your gums should be healed up without any trouble in just a matter of weeks.