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Tooth Extraction
Seattle, WA

X-ray of the impacted tooth for extraction by Seattle dentist at Pacific Modern Dentistry.Your teeth are a key component of your mouth. They enable you to do some different tasks, including eating and speaking. Your teeth provide you with a beautiful smile. They also help to stimulate your jawbone, keeping the bone strong and healthy. When your teeth are damaged, the ideal solution is to restore them. However, if the damage too severe, attempting to save the affected teeth can further compromise your oral health. To restore your oral health, Pacific Modern Dentistry can help with tooth extractions.

How Do I Know if I Need an Extraction?

While the preferred solution following tooth damage is to save the affected tooth, this is not always possible. There are several situations in which a tooth extraction is required. These situations include:
•  Cracks in the teeth that are below the gumline. Cracks that start at the crown and extend below the gumline, or those that are completely below the gumline, cannot effectively be treated with a crown, which can only protect the visible surface of your tooth.
•  Teeth that have split completely in half or that have shattered.
•  Significant decay. Fillings are common for treating decay, but if there is too much decay, a filling may only further compromise the tooth. Additionally, there may not be enough healthy tooth left to support a crown.

There are other situations in which a tooth extraction may be required. These situations include:
•  Overcrowding. Orthodontic treatment is required to treat overcrowding, but one or more teeth may need to be extracted first to create enough space for your teeth to align properly.
•  Impacted wisdom teeth. When your wisdom teeth are impacted, it can significantly interfere with your oral health and your quality of life. Extracting these teeth can help to alleviate your discomfort and improve your oral health. These teeth do not need to be replaced.

Diagnosing the Need for an Extraction

Tooth damage, even if it only seems minor at the time, should be examined right away. A thorough oral exam is performed to determine the extent of the damage and what the best treatment will be. We perform a visual evaluation of your teeth and take dental x-rays. X-ray images show us the spaces between your teeth, their roots, and your jawbone. Not only are we able to see the damage, but we can also see other issues like bone loss and infections. Once we have looked over your mouth, we can then determine the best solution to meet your needs. If the damage is too severe, we may recommend an extraction followed by tooth replacement.

How is an Extraction Done?

There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted. One way is a simple extraction. This procedure is fairly straightforward and done under a local anesthetic. We use a tool called an elevator, which helps to loosen the gum tissue and periodontal ligament from around the tooth. We then use forceps to grip the tooth and move it back and forth in the socket, widening the ligament further. Once the ligament is wide enough, we simply lift the tooth out. If necessary, a suture may be used to help close the socket.

A surgical extraction is performed in more complex cases. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic, but sedation can be provided as well. First, we make incisions in the gums to gain access to the root of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone. Next, we work to extract the tooth. This may require breaking the tooth into pieces and removing it in sections.
Once the tooth has been completely removed, the socket is cleaned, and the gums are sutured closed.

When faced with tooth damage, the ideal solution is to restore the affected teeth. When this is not possible, though, the best solution is often to extract the affected teeth and replace them. Call Pacific Modern Dentistry at (206) 607-9822 to schedule your consultation today.

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Seattle, WA 98109

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