Universal Dental Care

Dentists located in Tacoma, WA

Though you might not exactly look forward to tooth extractions, the expert team at Universal Dental Care in Tacoma, Washington is highly focused on making your experience a comfortable, safe, and stress-free one. The bilingual staff is ready to help with emergencies, same-day appointments, and all your other dental needs, so book your appointment online or by phone now.

Extractions Q & A

When do I need a tooth extraction?

Although your teeth should ideally last your whole life, there are a number of reasons that might not be the case. Some of the most common reasons that you might need a tooth extraction may include:

  • Trauma-like sports injuries
  • Severe tooth decay or preparation for dental implants
  • Periodontitis (late-stage gum disease)
  • Crowded mouth
  • Wisdom teeth erupt, but don't have space to grow in

If your Universal Dental Care provider recommends an extraction, never fear: Extractions are designed for maximum comfort with minimum stress.

How do extractions work?

In a simple extraction, your dental care provider gives you local anesthesia and then gently dislodges your tooth and removes it from your mouth. The process is short and simple in most cases.

If you need a wisdom tooth extraction, the process can be more complex because wisdom teeth are usually only partially erupted or even still hidden below the gums.

In this case, your Universal Dental Care dentist gives you local anesthesia and creates an incision in your gum to access the tooth. For an impacted wisdom tooth, your dentist may also have to remove a small portion of bone as well.

What should I do after tooth extractions?

After extractions, your Universal Dental Care provider gives you guidelines to follow for a smooth recovery. With most tooth extractions, you can resume your regular routine almost immediately, but you may need a day or two off school or work after wisdom tooth extraction.

Good socket care is important after any tooth extraction, so be sure to avoid agitating the delicate gum tissue as it heals. Your dentist may recommend a saltwater rinse to encourage healing. If you had a wisdom tooth extraction, you'll generally eat a soft diet for at least a few days.

Each tooth extraction may be unique, so it's important to work closely with the team at Universal Dental Care for the smoothest and easiest experience.

When you need extractions, rely on the Universal Dental Care team for compassionate care. Click the online scheduler, or call the office to book your appointment today.