Tooth Extractions in Seattle, WA

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What Are Tooth Extractions?

While Dr. Hal Kussick makes every effort to keep and maintain your natural teeth, you may have specific problems, which require extraction. A simple extraction removes a tooth that's visible above the gums. This process works best for a tooth that is damaged or decayed beyond repair. A surgical extraction takes out a tooth that has not erupted over the gumline. Based on your needs, surgical extractions remove the wisdom teeth and impacted teeth that do not have sufficient room to fit into your mouth. Whatever the reason for extraction at Dental@888, our staff will give you the best treatment. Our Seattle, WA dental group offers multiple sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. This means you can remain comfortable during your procedure. For more information on general extractions and wisdom teeth removal, please get in touch with our staff to schedule an exam with Dr. Kussick.

What Are the Benefits of Tooth Extractions?

There are different reasons a your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction, such as a wisdom tooth extraction to create space or to remove a damaged or decaying tooth. While many Seattle, WA individuals may prefer to put off or avoid dental appointments to remove a tooth, having these treatments performed at Dental@888 immediately after detection could offer multiple dental health benefits, including:

  • Prevents damage and infection of healthy nearby teeth
  • Relatively fast process that happens in-office
  • Creates room for implant choices to recover the form and feel of the lost tooth
  • It can work to avoid infection in the mouth
  • Carried out with local anesthesia to desensitize the treatment site and keep you as comfortable as possible

Do I Need A Tooth Extraction?

If your tooth was broken or damaged from decay, Dr. Kussick will make every effort to repair it with a filling, bonding, or crown. However, a tooth may be too damaged and will need to be removed to prevent the damage from spreading — and also to conserve the health of the remaining teeth. You could also require a dental extraction to remove teeth that can't fit in your mouth. This may include your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, which grow around the ages of 17 – 21. In older children, infant teeth that have not fallen out naturally might have to get pulled so that they do not obstruct the permanent teeth. If you're getting braces or contemplating Invisalign® treatments, then you might need a simple extraction to make space for other teeth as they move into their proper position.

What Can I Expect With a Tooth Extraction?

We complete general extractions and wisdom teeth removal at our office with local anesthesia and sedation techniques. A surgical extraction entails making incisions into your gums to get to the tooth. To complete a simple extraction, Dr. Kussick will loosen the tooth using a specialized device known as an elevator before removing the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be broken into smaller pieces so we can easily remove it. Once extracted, Dr. Kussick will stitch the incision in the gums. If you have a current infection, immune system problem, or other health conditions, Dr. Kussick may prescribe antibiotics that you may need to take before and following the operation.

Tooth Extractions FAQ

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

Tooth extractions may be recommended for children, teens, and adults to address a wide range of dental concerns, including:

  • Teeth that are decayed, broken, or damaged beyond repair
  • Retained baby teeth that will not erupt on their own
  • Severely infected or abscessed teeth
  • Advanced bone loss due to periodontal disease
  • Partial or full tooth impaction (trapped in the gum and/or bone tissue)
  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • In preparation for orthodontics
  • Impacted, infected, or damaged wisdom teeth
  • In preparation for dental implant placement

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

While wisdom teeth removal is common among teens and young adults, not every patient will need to have these teeth extracted. The wisdom teeth often require removal when they are impacted, decayed, infected, malpositioned, lack sufficient space to fully erupt, or affect the health of other teeth. Dr. Kussick can help you and your family members determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary to maintain your health.

What can I expect during tooth extraction recovery?

After your extraction procedure, our team will provide you with detailed instructions to help facilitate the healing process. These may include avoiding certain types of food or beverages, including hot or cold temperatures, the use of straws, and the use of tobacco for a certain time period. Pain medications may be recommended to help keep you comfortable as your mouth begins to recover. Instructions on how to brush and floss during this time will also be explained by Dr. Kussick and our staff.

Does insurance cover tooth extractions?

General tooth extractions and wisdom tooth removal procedures may be covered in part under some insurance plans. During your consultation, our business team can review your insurance benefits and let you know of any estimated out-of-pocket expenses for your dental care. We can also discuss the convenient payment options accepted at Dental@888, which includes third-party medical financing through CareCredit®.

A Gentle Approach to Tooth Removal

When you have a damaged tooth or if your mouth does not have room for a new tooth, a tooth extraction in Dental@888 can assist in improving your smile and oral health. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kussick at his dental practice in Seattle, WA to learn more about simple and surgical extractions. Additionally, don't let dental anxiety prevent you from taking care of your oral health. If you have dental anxieties or fears, please let us know so we can discuss sedation options.

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