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Tooth Extractions

At Robinson Dental, we understand that having a complete, natural smile is key to feeling confident in your daily life. We also know that on occasion, circumstances may arise that require a patient to receive a routine or emergency tooth extraction in order to preserve overall oral health. As your Lynnwood dentist, Dr. Brent Robinson knows that the decision to extract can be a difficult one, so he makes sure that every aspect of the procedure is as stress-free and comfortable for our patients as possible by keeping you well informed, aware of what is happening, and aware of what your choices are along the way.

When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

A tooth extraction is performed only after all alternatives have been considered and ruled out. Situations that may lead to an extraction include:

  • Infection or risk of infection from decay (may require emergency tooth extraction)
  • A tooth that is severely damaged from trauma (may require emergency tooth extraction)
  • Impacted wisdom teeth (results in a wisdom tooth extraction)
  • Overcrowded teeth (often requires orthodontic treatment)

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is a routine procedure for Dr. Brent Robinson, though in some instances, an emergency tooth extraction may be called for. The procedure includes:

  • X-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth to be removed to help determine the extent of the procedure
  • An assessment of the anesthesia and sedation options that will best serve your needs, allowing for a pain-free, less-than-memorable experience
  • The careful removal of the tooth, which often includes a bone-preserving graft

 

After the tooth has been removed, Dr. Brent Robinson will have you bite down on some gauze in order to help stop the bleeding, so that a blood clot can form.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

After your extraction, your recovery typically takes a couple of days. The following tips will help you relieve discomfort and avoid complications.

  • Take pain relievers as prescribed or recommended.
  • Leave gauze in place for the recommended amount of time.
  • Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time to minimize swelling after the procedure.
  • Avoid rinsing, sucking, or spitting for six hours after the procedure.
  • After six hours, rinse your mouth with ½ teaspoon of salt and warm water.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Eat soft foods the day after the extraction; gradually add solid foods as the extraction site heals.
  • Avoid the extraction site when brushing your teeth.
When teeth must be removed, especially ones that appear in your smile, there are a number of natural-looking, permanent tooth-replacement options, such as implants, that can give your smile a second chance.

FAQ

Are tooth extractions painful?
It is normal to experience some pain after the anesthetic wears off. There may also be some swelling and bleeding for up to 24 hours after the tooth extraction. If pain is severe or bleeding doesn’t stop, you should contact us immediately.
What is dry socket?
On occasion, the blood clot that has formed in the socket breaks loose. This is referred to as dry socket.
Will insurance cover tooth extractions?
Whether your tooth extraction or emergency tooth extraction is covered by your insurance depends on your provider. Our staff will help you find out if your extraction is covered and, if not, what additional financial solutions are available to you.

To schedule an appointment with our Lynnwood dental office, call Robinson Dental at 425.778.1164 today.

COVID-19 UPDATE

On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so we can do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and free up our protective equipment. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental. From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment, including our practice. 


Please note that effective March 23rd, all elective dental appointments, including cleanings, between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. Emergency care is any condition that, if delayed, is anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months. Our goal is to see the fewest patients, keep you safe, pain-free, and healthy. If you are unsure if you have a true emergency please call Kelsey or Tamara at 425-778-1164 for help.


Thanks,

Brent Robinson and the Robinson Dental Team.