Tooth Extraction – Maple Valley, WA
Last Resort Treatment
At Four Corners Family Dentistry, we believe in performing conservative treatment to address oral problems. As a result, we only recommend procedures that will benefit our patients both in the short term and the long run. We do our best to save and preserve our patients’ natural teeth however and whenever possible, but sometimes extraction is absolutely necessary. When this happens, our experienced team will make you as comfortable as possible and guide you through the extraction process.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
In almost all extraction cases, leaving the tooth in your mouth could endanger your oral health and well-being, such as in the following situations:
- A decayed tooth that has insufficient healthy structure for root canal therapy and conservative restorative options like fillings or dental crowns.
- Advanced periodontal disease that has caused damage to the supporting tissues and bone.
- A significant injury to a tooth that cannot be either replanted or salvaged.
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted or won’t fit safely in your mouth.
How is a tooth extraction performed?
The exact process of extracting a tooth can vary depending on its location in the mouth and the reason for removal. In some cases, we can simply use dental pliers and pull the tooth out. In others, we need to go under the gum surface to remove the tooth. Regardless of the method we need to use, we will ensure that you’re completely relaxed and at ease during the entire procedure.
What can I do to heal more efficiently after my tooth extraction?
It’s important to follow our instructions carefully to ensure that you heal properly following a tooth extraction. However, here are some general tips that will facilitate the process:
- Remove the surgical gauze about 30 minutes after the procedure. Replace the gauze if needed, but a blood clot should form soon after this time period. This clot will help protect the tissue as it heals.
- Keep the surgical site clean by gently swishing water in your mouth. Don’t rinse too roughly or you could dislodge the blood clot. After 24 hours, you can resume brushing your remaining teeth, but avoid contact with the extraction site.
- Eat soft foods for up to two weeks following the procedure. As you heal, you can slowly add normal foods into your diet.
- Avoid using a straw. The action of sucking can cause the blot clot on the extraction site to come loose, exposing your vulnerable tissue to bacteria and infection.
If you need to undergo a tooth extraction, you can rest assured that our compassionate team of dental experts will be able to provide the excellent care you deserve. If you have additional questions about tooth extractions, contact our Maple Valley office to schedule an appointment with us.