Our primary goal at Cascade Dental Care is to save and repair your existing teeth. When this is not possible, we can efficiently remove a damaged or troublesome tooth, and use our cutting edge restorative practices to bring your smile back to its former luster. Our extractions and other procedures are always done with your comfort in mind.
Why Would an Extraction Be Needed?
An extraction, or tooth removable, may be needed for a variety of reasons. You may need an extraction due to unexpected dental trauma, such as a car accident or fall. If you suffered damage to a tooth or teeth during such an incident, the tooth may be left too damaged to repair with a crown or other method.
The second, and most common reason, for an extraction is when a tooth is severely decayed. Generally, our team can remove the damaged or decayed portion of a tooth and strengthen it using a filling, crown, or other restorative procedure. Unfortunately, the presence of severe decay may make this impractical and subject you to unnecessary discomfort.
Another reason that an extraction may be necessary is when there is a high risk of infection. Generally, a risk for infection also means that the tooth is too severely damaged to be repaired. However, this is not always the case. When possible, our team can attempt other methods to treat an infection, such as antibiotics and root canal therapy.
Overcrowding can also be a cause for our professionals to recommend an extraction. If your teeth are too big for your mouth, an extraction of cramped teeth can remedy the issue. This type of extraction is typically used in conjunction with some type of orthodontic treatment, such as braces.
How Is an Extraction Performed?
During your appointment for your extraction, one of our team members will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the procedure site. If appropriate for your case, a general anesthetic will be administered. This type of anesthetic will affect your entire body and will most likely cause you to sleep through the procedure.
The tooth extraction will then begin. Our professionals will utilize forceps and move your tooth to loosen the connective tissues. They will then remove the tooth. Simple extractions have quick recovery times and may not require sutures.
If the procedure is being performed on a tooth that is impacted, then an incision will be made on your gum line to expose the tooth. An impacted tooth is a tooth that cannot or has not protruded from the gum line due to overcrowding. This problem is frequently encountered when performing extractions on wisdom teeth.
Especially well-rooted teeth may require that they be removed in pieces. In these instances, our team will follow the same initial procedures. However, they will have to break the target tooth and slowly remove pieces of the tooth using the forceps. These types of extractions will require sutures at the conclusion of your procedure.
If you are suffering from persistent tooth pain and inflammation due to damaged teeth, we can help. Come see our team at Cascade Dental Care today. We can be reached at 360-916-4200 and can help with all of your dental needs.