Tooth Extraction Seattle
Sometimes, a tooth can’t be fixed. In this case, extraction is the best way to preserve your healthy smile. Some of the reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Damage from deep dental decay
- Damage from fracture or breakage
- An infection too large for root canal therapy
- Overcrowding that blocks permanent teeth from erupting
- Overcrowding that makes a smile appear crooked
Teeth extraction is a simple process for your dentist, and a comfortable one for you. If you need a tooth pulled, you can trust Dr. McKay and his exceptional Seattle dentist team to make the procedure pleasant for you.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
There are a couple of different options when it comes to removing teeth.
If the tooth is visible, it can be removed with a simple tooth extraction. First, you will be numbed with a local anesthetic for lasting comfort. Dr. McKay will then gently wiggle the tooth back and forth until it becomes loose. He will then extract the tooth.
For more complicated cases we will typically recommend a surgical tooth extraction. This method would be used for teeth that are broken, haven’t erupted, or have curved roots. With surgical tooth extraction, Dr. McKay will administer a local anesthetic and an IV. He will remove the tooth piece by piece through a small opening in the gums.
Will It Hurt?
Patients find that they do not feel pain when they have their tooth pulled. They occasionally notice pressure, but no severe pain.
Tooth Extraction Care
After you have a tooth pulled, you should keep gauze on the site for the time that Dr. McKay indicates. Eat soft foods for a day or two while you are recovering. Don’t smoke or rinse vigorously. You may take anti-inflammatory medications if you feel any discomfort. Use an ice compress to bring the swelling down.
Nervous About Your Tooth Extraction
If you are feeling nervous about having you tooth pulled, we may be able to help with dental sedation options. Typically we would administer a local anesthetic for the extraction, but if you are still experiencing anxiousness we can provide more sedation options to help you through the procedure.
Schedule Your tooth Extraction today
We will provide you with a teeth extraction experience that puts a smile on your face. You shouldn’t have to feel stress. Instead, you should be excited about your new and healthier smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. McKay in Downtown Seattle WA.