When a tooth is broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Unfortunately, in some cases there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired and the best recommendation 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, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they 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.