Tooth Extraction Specialist

Chapin Densmore, DDS -  - General Dentist

Chapin Densmore, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Kirkland, WA

Healthy teeth can last a lifetime. Sometimes crowding, tooth decay, or trauma can cause damage so severe that despite the best efforts to save a tooth, it will need to be extracted. Chapin Densmore, DDS provides comprehensive dental services, including tooth extractions, to families throughout the Kirkland, Washington area. Book an appointment online or call today.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

Why should I have my tooth pulled?

Keeping permanent teeth healthy is the top priority for good oral health. But even the most conscious brusher and flosser will have problems now and again. Dr. Densmore takes every measure to save a tooth, but sometimes extraction is inevitable and the best course of action. The common reasons for pulling a tooth include:

  • Extensive decay or damage that can’t be repaired by a root canal
  • Lacking enough bone to hold the tooth  
  • Crowding that prevents new teeth from growing
  • Risk of infection if you have a weakened immune system and are receiving chemotherapy or an organ transplant

It’s also not unusual for teeth to be extracted in preparation for getting braces.

Are there different types of tooth extractions?

If your tooth is visible from the gum line, Dr. Densmore may do a simple extraction using forceps. If, however, bone or gum tissue needs to be cut and removed to get to the affected tooth, Dr. Densmore does a surgical extraction. Surgical extractions are usually recommended when the tooth hasn’t completely grown or hasn’t broken through the gum line, a condition known as an impacted tooth. Dr. Densmore does the procedure while you are under a local or a strong general anesthetic, depending on the case. He will close the wound with stitches and will usually send you home with a prescription for pain medication.

Surgical extractions are used for a variety of reasons including to remove:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • A tooth surrounded by dense bone
  • A tooth with long curved roots
  • A broken tooth

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

Typically the recovery time for extractions is a few days, but varies from person to person. Swelling and some bleeding are normal within 24 hours of an extraction. As the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain. Dr. Densmore provides a treatment plan for pain management and dealing with any potential swelling or bleeding. However, if after 24 hours you become feverish, or have persistent pain or a discharge, you may have an infection and should call Dr. Densmore as soon as possible.  

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