Smooth & GentleTooth ExtractionsIn Gig Harbor, WA

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Restore Your Oral Health with an Extraction

At Soundbridge Dental Arts, we try to do everything we can to save your tooth before a tooth extraction is necessary. 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 prevent your overall health from being affected. For your comfort, we also offer dental sedation to ensure you’re stress-free and pain-free throughout the procedure. That way you can relax while we restore your oral health.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Throughout teenage years and into adulthood your final set of molars, known as your wisdom teeth, will begin to erupt. Contrary to popular belief, not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. However, if they become impacted or cause crowding, Dr. Bloomquist will recommend teeth extractions to prevent further complications and issues with alignment.

Emergency Tooth Extractions

Unfortunately, accidents happen that can result in a facial trauma and you find yourself in a position requiring emergency dental care. Sometimes, we can save a portion of the tooth and cap it with a beautiful dental crown. However, if it’s irreparable, Dr. Bloomquist will recommend tooth removal to restore your oral health. 

If an extraction is necessary, Dr. Bloomquist will suggest a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants to restore your mouth to it’s normal function and prevent your oral health from deteriorating. If you’ve experienced a dental emergency, contact our office to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We’ll get your oral health back on track.

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The Tooth Removal Process

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Bloomquist will provide a local anesthetic to ensure you won’t feel a thing. The process is simple and can be completed in five steps, including:

  1. The tooth’s ligaments will be loosened 
  2. Forceps will extract the tooth
  3. Any infection will be removed
  4. The socket will be cleared 
  5. Stitches may be required

Extraction Aftercare

After your tooth removal, caring for the surgical site is vital because you’re more vulnerable to infections and complications within the first few days. In addition to following any guidelines provided by Dr. Bloomquist, you’ll want to:

  • Take pain medication as prescribed
  • Rest for at least one day following your extraction
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for 24 hours
  • Avoid smoking and using a straw for 72 hours
  • Eat soft, cool foods like soup, yogurt, and applesauce
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Complications to Be Aware Of


Your surgical site is vulnerable as it’s healing so without proper oral hygiene, it can be prone to infection. If you experience any green or yellow pus in the area, have a fever, or the site becomes warm to touch, you’ll want to contact our Gig Harbor office right away so that we can examine the socket and ensure it’s free of infection.

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, the socket will be compromised. Dry sockets can be very painful and can prolong the healing process so you’ll want to contact our office immediately to prevent further issues.

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 long does a tooth extraction take?
How painful is a tooth extraction?

You won’t experience any pain during the procedure because we use an anesthetic to numb the area. We also offer dental sedation to ensure you’re fully relaxed and free of stress. The anesthetic numbs the area so you won’t feel any pain. Some patients report feeling a slight pressure, but not pain.

After your procedure, you’ll be given aftercare instructions to ensure you care for the surgical site properly. You may feel some discomfort as you recover from your surgery. We recommend taking pain medication as recommended and applying ice to help with discomfort and swelling.

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.

How long does a tooth extraction take?

Tooth extractions take about 20 to 40 minutes per tooth. Following the procedure, the healing period typically takes 7 to 10 days. If you’ve had multiple teeth extractions, or experience any complications, it may take longer to heal. 

Prior to receiving your restoration such as a dental implant, bridge, or denture, you’ll want to wait 6 to 8 weeks for the swelling to completely diminish so that you can ensure a good fit on your restoration.

Revive Your Smile With A Smooth Extraction

Tooth extractions can be intimidating, but delaying the procedure can increase the likelihood of more complex issues. With the help of sedation techniques, we’ll ensure you’re relaxed and free of pain throughout the entire process.

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