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Tooth Extraction

W. Ryan Bagley, DDS speaking with a patient at his dental office in Pasco, WA No one looks forward to hearing that they need a tooth extraction, but millions of adults undergo the procedure at some point in their lives. If we recommend a tooth extraction, you can rest assured knowing you are in good hands. Our staff at Bagley Dental are highly-skilled professionals that can make your extraction easy and comfortable. We also offer a wide-variety of tooth replacement options, once the extraction is complete.

Why You May Need an Extraction

An extraction is our last line of defense against tooth decay, infection, and dental trauma. Before we recommend an extraction, we will try to fix a problematic tooth will a filling, crown, root canal, or another form of restorative treatment. If there is too much damage to the tooth to be repaired, J. Andrew Bagley DDS or W. Ryan Bagley DDS will recommend an extraction. Other reasons for extraction include:
•  Infection - If infection extends to the pulp, the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels, then we will perform a root canal. If the infection continues to spread, an extraction may be necessary.
•  Risk of infection - We may also recommend a tooth extraction if there is a risk of infection. A compromised immune system as the result of chemotherapy or an organ transplant may be reason enough to pull a tooth.
•  Extra teeth - Sometimes patients have extra teeth that block others from erupting properly.
•  Baby teeth - Sometimes patients have primary (baby) teeth that do not fall out in time, causing issues with the permanent teeth.
•  Orthodontia - Sometimes a tooth must be removed to correct a misaligned bite, or to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
•  Wisdom teeth - This third set of molars can lead to a whole host of problems. In many cases, we recommend an extraction before the wisdom teeth erupt.
•  Periodontal disease - Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to the deterioration of supportive bone and connective tissues. If a tooth becomes too loose, we will recommend an extraction.

The Extraction Procedure

There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. A surgical extraction is used to remove a tooth that has broken off at the gumline or a tooth that has become impacted.

During a simple extraction, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate discomfort. Then, we will loosen the tooth using an instrument known as an elevator. The elevator helps separate the tooth from the socket and connective tissues. Next, we will use a pair of forceps to remove the tooth.

A surgical extraction is a little more complex. A small incision is made into the gum tissue to expose the tooth. To remove the tooth, it may be necessary to remove some of the surrounding bone as well. The tooth may also be broken into pieces to make the extraction easier.

Follow-up to an Extraction

After your extraction, you may experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Before you leave the office, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. Above all else, be sure to watch for signs of “dry socket.” Dry socket is a condition that occurs when the blood fails to clot in the socket, leaving the underlying bone exposed to air and food.

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Call (509) 547-1631, and schedule your appointment today!

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Bagley Dental
4904 Convention Drive
Pasco, WA 99301-9023
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