Although our teeth are meant to last us a lifetime, certain situations do arise where a tooth extraction is the best possible solution. At Gentling Smiles, we are happy to offer simple, surgical and wisdom tooth extractions in Shoreline, WA.
Wondering if you may need a tooth extracted? Here are some common reasons our tooth extraction dentist may suggest a dental extraction:
For teeth that have properly erupted and are visible in the mouth, simple tooth extraction may be recommended. Using an elevator, your affected tooth is loosened; once thoroughly loosened, we will remove the tooth using forceps. Most simple extractions are performed using a local anesthetic. However, we also offer sedation dentistry if you prefer.
For teeth that have not properly erupted, aren’t visible in the mouth or have been broken, a surgical tooth extraction may be recommended. A surgical tooth extraction usually requires us to make a small incision in the gums to remove the tooth or section the tooth into halves. Sedation and/or a local anesthetic will be available to help you relax and eliminate any discomfort during the procedure.
For many people, wisdom teeth become problematic and need to be removed due to impaction, not properly erupting, or overcrowding. Many patients opt to have all of their wisdom teeth removed at once to prevent future dental problems.
Think you may need a tooth extraction in Shoreline? Contact Gentling Smiles today to schedule a consultation. We’re always accepting new patients and look forward to seeing you.
Inspired by his cousins (both pediatric dentists in Eastern, WA) and others, Dr. Gentling chose to pursue a career in dentistry, leading him to graduate with honors from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).