Our goal is to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible. We want to prevent damage, cavities, and infections. It’s almost always more convenient and less expensive to keep your natural teeth.
But there are times when a tooth just has to come out. If you need an extraction, we will be there to make you feel comfortable and calm. We can perform all regular tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth extractions, right here at Pacific Northwest Smiles.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
We can take care of tooth extractions for many of the common reasons, which include:
- Impacted Teeth: An impacted tooth is one that can’t grow in normally because it’s stuck behind a bone, another tooth, or your gums. Extracting this type of developing tooth can prevent more serious problems.
- Crowding: A tooth that is growing in can sometimes push on other teeth or even crack them. This is common with wisdom teeth. Extracting that one tooth can save a lot of other teeth.
- Accidents: During an accident, a tooth can get so damaged that it has no chance of functioning normally afterwards. If a crown or other restorative treatment can’t save it, it’s better to extract the tooth.
- Decay or Infection: If an infection or decay has advanced too far, we sometimes have to extract a tooth, so the problem can’t spread to other teeth. Also, the structure of that tooth might have become too damaged for the tooth to be functional.
Because our primary goal is to save your natural teeth, we will only recommend an extraction if it will benefit your overall oral health.
A Root Canal Can Save a Tooth
If you have a painful toothache, you might have a dental infection in the inner tissue of your tooth—the root canal. A root canal procedure may save the structure of your tooth, so you do not need an extraction.
Some patients are scared of root canals, but they’re really just a fairly routine appointment. We can relieve intense tooth pain by cleaning out the infected tissue.
Imagine having your toothache gone and still keeping your strong, healthy enamel! You could get back to eating normally and not have to worry about getting a replacement tooth.
If you have a bad toothache, let us know right away so we can examine the problem and see if we can save the tooth.
Make an Appointment Today for an Extraction or Root Canal
If you have a severely damaged tooth or dental pain, make an appointment right away. We can give you an exam and advise you on the treatments that can either save your tooth or extract it to relieve the problem.