Teeth extractions are usually the last resort when it comes to preserving your dental health. While restorative procedures, such as dental fillings and root canals, can sometimes save a damaged or failing tooth, in other cases, a dental extraction is the only way to preserve the health of your remaining teeth, gums, and bone tissue. Dentists make every effort to save natural teeth before recommending an extraction. Once it is determined that extraction is the only option, one of our surgeons will form a custom treatment plan to suit your needs.
Your comfort and safety are our top priorities at Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Our oral surgeons have extensive surgical training in the safe and efficient removal of teeth and provide this treatment at each of our offices in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, Maple Valley, WA, and Puyallup, WA.
Why do teeth need to be extracted?
A variety of conditions can lead to a tooth failing. While some conditions that require tooth extraction are unavoidable, many conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented through regular dental exams and consistent oral hygiene practices. Some of the more common conditions that eventually lead to a tooth extraction include
- Extensive tooth decay
- Tooth loosening and bone deterioration
- Facial injuries resulting in broken or knocked-out teeth
- Tooth crowding
Damaged and failing teeth can be painful and distracting. Your overall comfort level and quality of life improve following the removal of problem teeth.
We offer a variety of anesthesia options to make sure you are comfortable during your procedure. Teeth extractions can be performed comfortably with a local anesthetic applied directly to the extraction site, or you may opt for IV anesthesia, which allows you to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure.
We also offer permanent tooth replacement options at all five of our King County offices. If you are interested in replacing your tooth, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Your oral surgeon will be able to discuss tooth replacement options and form an extraction plan that also accounts for your tooth restoration. Sometimes your surgeon can prepare for your tooth replacement during the extraction procedure by performing a socket preservation or other bone grafting treatment. A dental implant can often be placed at the same time the diseased tooth is removed.
Dr. D. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, Dr. Ben Johnson, and Dr. Michael Johnson are all experts in the placement of dental implants, implant-supported bridges, and even full-arch replacements. Whether you need one tooth or multiple teeth replaced, our surgeons can use dental implant technology to give you a permanent solution for your missing or failing teeth. To learn more about dental implants and the other tooth replacement options we offer, contact our office today.