Tooth ExtractionsIn Gig Harbor, WA

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A health necessity

At Soundbridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy, we try to do everything we can to save your tooth before removing it. You only get one set of natural adult teeth, after all — it’s best to try and preserve them for as long as possible.

If you have a severely infected tooth that’s not possible to save through root canal therapy, we’ll suggest an extraction to keep your overall health from being affected.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Throughout your teenage years, many changes occur. One of the last changes to occur is your final set of adult teeth grow in. We call these wisdom teeth, but they usually must be removed due to a tendency to cause crowding in the mouth.

Emergency Tooth Extractions

If you have a dental emergency, we offer emergency care. Please consult our emergency guidelines before calling our office to learn if you require an immediate appointment. In the case of a severe tooth infection, Dr. Bloomquist may perform an emergency extraction.

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Caring for your tooth after your extraction is vital because you’re more vulnerable to infections and complications within the first few days. Following the instructions you receive from Dr. Bloomquist can keep your mouth healthy during this time.

After your extraction, you should try to:

  • Take any pain medication as prescribed
  • Rest for at least one day following your extraction
  • Avoid using a straw for 24 hours
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for 24 hours
  • Stop smoking for a couple of days
  • Eat soft foods like soup, yogurt, and applesauce

Complications to Be Aware Of


Your surgical site is more vulnerable as it’s healing so without proper oral hygiene, it can be prone to infection. To avoid infections, make sure you’re taking care of your teeth after your surgery — just avoid the area of the extraction.

Dry Socket

After your tooth is extracted, a blood clot will form in the empty socket to protect it. If this blood clot is dislodged or harmed, the socket will be compromised.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is a tooth extraction?
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?
How painful is a tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction isn’t painful because we use anesthetic and we can also use dental sedation to help you feel relaxed. The anesthetic numbs the area so you won’t feel pain, though you may feel a little pressure in the area during the procedure.

After your procedure, you’ll be given aftercare instructions to ensure you care for the surgical site properly. You may feel some discomfort and pain as you recover from your surgery, and Dr. Bloomquist may prescribe medications for you.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

We usually recommend taking 48 to 72 hours after your surgery to relax and recover. The first few days are crucial to the healing process because you’re more prone to infections during this time. 

You’ll be able to return to work, school, and other daily activities soon after your extraction. After the first few days, you can return to normal physical activities as long as you don’t notice any complications.

How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?

You can eat after your extraction, but make sure you stick to soft and mild foods for the first few days. Crunchy, spicy, or very hot foods may irritate your surgical site and lead to infections or complications. 

Some safe foods you can eat for the first few days after your extraction are yogurt, pudding, Jell-O, oatmeal, and mashed potatoes. As long as the food isn’t too hot and is easy to chew, it should be fine. As you heal, you should be able to start adding more foods back into your diet.

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Protecting Your
Oral Health

Tooth extractions can be intimidating, but know that we’ll only perform them for the sake of your overall oral health. We can make your tooth extraction appointment comfortable so it goes as smoothly as possible.

To learn more about tooth extractions with us, call our number at 253-857-4114 to talk to us. You can also send us a message through our online contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.