Tooth Extractions in Gig Harbor, WA

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.

Extraction Aftercare

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

Infections

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 long does a tooth extraction take?

Tooth extractions for one tooth don’t take very long — often around 20 to 40 minutes. Multiple teeth will likely take a longer time.

What do I do after a tooth extraction?

Your priority after your tooth extraction is to rest and make sure you follow your aftercare instructions.

How long after a tooth extraction can I eat?

You can eat after your extraction, just make sure you’re sticking to soft foods that won’t harm your surgical site.

How long after a tooth extraction can I smoke?

Holding off on smoking for as long as possible is best, though it can be difficult. If you can stop smoking for 72 hours, your risk of developing dry socket will be reduced.

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

Though it can take about a week to fully recover from a tooth extraction, most people can return to their daily lives the next day. We do recommend taking 24 hours to rest after your extraction, though.

What do I do if the site of my extraction is infected?

If your extraction site is infected, call our office at 253-857-4114 so we can help you. We may be able to prescribe antibiotics for your infection.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

Tooth extractions are generally not painful. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area and we also offer sedation if you feel that you need additional relief.

Should I feel pain in the days after my tooth extraction?

Some pain and discomfort following an extraction are normal. If you’re in pain, first take any painkillers as prescribed. After that, you can contact our office if you’re still in immense pain.

Can a tooth extraction cause other teeth to hurt?

Many of your teeth are connected by the same nerves, so it’s possible for some of your other teeth to hurt following your extraction.

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.

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