Extractions Specialist

Northwest Dental

General Dentists located in Arlington, WA

Getting a tooth pulled isn’t fun, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to prevent further complications. For safe and expert extractions, see the experienced team at Northwest Dental, with convenient locations in Bellingham, Burlington, Arlington, Everett, and Oak Harbor, Washington. When you’re in need of having a tooth pulled, you can find a location near you. Just call the closest office or schedule a consultation online.

Extractions Q & A

Why would I need an extraction?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For example, you may need to have a tooth extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. Trauma, decay, and lifestyle may all contribute to the need for having a tooth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during chemotherapy or an organ transplant
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for third molars (wisdom teeth)

What is the procedure for an extraction?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. During this type of procedure, one of the experienced dentists at Northwest Dental loosens your tooth with a small instrument and lifts it out with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated because the tooth may have been broken off at your gum line, or it hasn’t yet come through the surface of your gums, as is common with wisdom teeth. In these cases, the dentist makes a small incision in your gum in order to remove the tooth. It may be necessary to remove some of the bone around your tooth as well so it can be completely extracted.

In both a simple extraction and surgical extraction, your dentist gives you a local anesthetic so you don’t feel any pain. If you’re having several teeth extracted at once, as is common with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.

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

It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the initial healing period typically takes one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue grows in the spaces where your teeth used to be. You may experience pain and discomfort or difficulty chewing as you heal, depending on the extent of your dental surgery.

Since each situation is different, it’s best to contact one of the Northwest Dental locations and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants. Call or schedule online using the booking tool.