We perform tooth extractions in Skagit County
While we strive to save teeth whenever possible, it is sometimes necessary to remove the tooth to prevent damage from occurring in surrounding teeth or prepare for future dental procedures. We can remove teeth in our dental office, and we also remove wisdom teeth. The two procedures are a bit different, and obviously, wisdom teeth removal can require more recovery time than having your regular teeth removed. At Yeates Family Dental, we make sure you are as comfortable as possible during either procedure, and we’ll provide you with everything you need to know to decide to remove teeth as part of your ongoing oral health treatment plan.
Why Would a Client Need to Have a Tooth Removed?
Clients may require a tooth to be removed for any number of reasons. Sometimes, it is to prepare for future dental procedures such as a dental implant, dentures, or partial dentures. In these instances, removing a tooth is done as a series of steps to obtain a more beautiful and healthy smile. Other times, it may be necessary to remove a tooth that has become infected, and the infection cannot be treated. This may occur when a client needed a root canal to save the tooth, and it was not performed on time, or if the infection had already spread too deep into the tooth. Removing the tooth might be the only option at that point. Additionally, some clients may need to have teeth removed to make room for other teeth, especially when teeth are crowding or if their bite is not big enough to house all of the teeth that need to be growing. This is true of wisdom teeth extractions and is the most common reason why wisdom teeth need to be removed: there just isn’t enough room for them to grow. Other clients may require teeth to be removed due to accident or injury that caused the tooth to die.
What is the Process of Removing a Tooth?
Our dental office performs tooth extractions on a regular basis, and we work hard to make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the entire procedure. We’ll provide you with a local anesthetic for general tooth removal, and a general anesthetic for wisdom teeth removal. For clients who have anxiety about having dental procedures done, we can offer you additional medications and comfort measures to help you relax during the procedure. We’ll work quickly to remove your tooth and ensure there are minimal bleeding and discomfort. Following a tooth extraction in our office, you may take over-the-counter pain medication to reduce the discomfort that is common after the anesthetic has worn off. For wisdom teeth extractions, stronger prescription medication is often needed to manage the discomfort following the procedure.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Tooth Extraction?
Most clients experience very little discomfort following a general tooth extraction and can return to the regular routines within a day. Wisdom teeth recovery can take a few days because the teeth are much bigger and require more in-depth procedures to remove those teeth. Clients who have wisdom teeth removed often require a few days to recover and return to their normal routines.
What are the Risks of Having a Tooth Removed?
While we make every effort to ensure that a tooth extraction goes smoothly, some clients may develop an infection called dry socket. This is painful and can require a trip back to our dental offices to treat. If you are having a tooth removed because of infection, injury, damage or otherwise, it’s always a good idea to have a plan to replace the tooth if possible. Leaving your gums without a tooth to hold the space can increase the risk of your teeth moving, as well as increasing the risk of bone loss. We’ll discuss your options for replacing teeth during your consultation. It’s important that you have all the information to help you make a decision that is right for you and your oral health.
If you think you might need to have a tooth removed, or if you are just looking for a new dentist for yourself or your family, contact our Sedro-Woolley dental clinic to book a consultation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have about tooth extraction, and we’ll book you an appointment right away, so you don’t need to continue to worry about your teeth and oral health in general.