Tooth Extractions

Family & General Dentistry located in Federal Way, WA
Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions services offered in Federal Way, WA

Some tooth extractions are preventable, but sometimes, they become necessary to preserve your smile and protect your teeth from decay. At Federal Way Dental in Federal Way, Washington, David Rubinov, DDS, and the team provide all types of extractions and comprehensive smile care. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Tooth Extractions Q&A

Why would I need tooth extractions?

Tooth extractions may be necessary if you have irreparable trauma or decay. Your dentist may also recommend a tooth extraction if you have: 

  • Tooth infection
  • Serious gum disease
  • Tooth crowding
  • Compromised immune system

Wisdom teeth or the third molars may need extraction because they threaten the integrity of your bite or can’t emerge above the gumline. 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Your experience with a tooth extraction depends on placement of the affected tooth. All tooth extractions are done while you’re under a local anesthetic or mild sedation, so you don’t feel pain during your visit. 

If you have a tooth that’s decayed or damaged that sits above the gumline, you undergo a simple extraction. Your dentist uses an instrument, called an elevator, to loosen the tooth and pull it out. 

Teeth that haven’t erupted through the gumline or have broken off at the gumline require surgical extraction. This requires your dentist to make an incision into the connective tissue surrounding the tooth to gain access to it for extraction. 

Are tooth extractions safe?

Tooth extractions protect your oral health for the long-term. The process is entirely safe and anyone at risk of infection receives antibiotics to prevent complications. You receive complete aftercare instructions so you have a swift recovery. 

How do I care for my smile after tooth extractions?

Expect some discomfort after a simple or surgical extraction. Ice packs and over-the-counter medications can help ease any pain. 

A blood clot forms in the socket where your tooth was, which protects the site and helps with healing. You want to keep this blood clot intact, so for a few days, you shouldn’t drink from a straw or do high-impact activities that could dislodge it. 

Following a tooth extraction, the team at Federal Way Dental also suggests you: 

  • Eat soft foods
  • Prop your head up at an angle when you lie down to prevent bleeding
  • Brush and floss your teeth and tongue (but avoid the extraction site)
  • Don’t smoke because it interferes with healing

Call Federal Way Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about tooth extractions.