When a tooth is decayed, we can try to fix it with a filling or crown. Unfortunately, when there is too much damage due to a large amount of decay,  the best option is a tooth extraction.

There can be other reasons for a dental extraction that are not due to damage or infection, for example:

  • Baby teeth may not fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth the space to come in
  • Before getting braces, it is common for teeth to be extracted to create room for the teeth that will be moving
  • Wisdom teeth are extracted after they have already come in

Before removing a tooth, we use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In addition, a stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed. Once the area is completely numb, we start the procedure.

In the Resources section of our website, we have a video that explains the tooth extraction procedure.

Because of modern technology in our Edmonds office, a dental extraction should be a comfortable procedure.

The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge depending on the patient’s specific situation.